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Old 09-02-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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my Emy is turning 6 months, I'm dreading it, don't they perform the surgery and send them home in the afternoon?? I hope so, she's never been away
from me I've been with her 24/7 since I got her and she will be so stressed,
do they automatically do the blood tests or is that something that you have
to ask to have done first? Do all puppies come into heat at 6 months or does
it depend on the dog?? What is the longest a yorkie has gone without coming into heat? Should I let her have one heat or just get it done. Don't really know what to do...I just know I don't want her to be cut....I'm so worried about it.....I haven't made the appointment yet, she is supposed to have her rabies shot on the 27th of this month, wondering if I should wait
till after the shot is given a week or so, which would be early October.
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Why not ask your vet?? I would wait on the rabies till she's all healed up.
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Both my girls came home the same day. They both did fine. Both of mine were older than 6 months old. I think the blood test depends on the vet. I would ask my vet about it. Rosie was 8 months old I think when she was fixed. She had not come into heat at that point. A friend of mine got a female at 8 months old and she came in a little over a year old. I think it may depend on the dog but I really have no idea. If it was me, I would wait until after the shot or at least make an appointment to discuss your concerns with your vet.
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Callie got spayed before her first heat at 9 months and she went to the vet at 8am and got picked up at 5pm. I feel it is better to spay them before there first heat to cut out there risk of certain cancers. I know the thought of them getting surgery is scary but if they don't get spayed they can get an infection that can kill them within 24 hours. I would talk to your vet about your concerns. I would make sure the blood work is done before the spay and sometimes you do have to ask.
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I would put off spaying until the growth plates are closed.
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I waited until my two had their last teeth in - the canines seem to have a hard time falling out and the vet was able to remove them at their spay for a minimal charge -about 71/2 months. They breezed thru the spay, I asked the vet to use the "glue" rather than stitches and you can't even find the scar!The worst side effect was from the pain meds...
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Thanks guys, I think I'll wait until after I take her in for her rabies and talk
to the vet at that time....she'll still only be 6 months...She is still loosing
her teeth, the long ones (canines?) in the front bottom, I noticed on both sides of the teeth is another coming up...so does that long one fall out after the other one is up?..I'm not sure if that is called the canine one or not, but it looks funny seeing two teeth side by side on bottom. I will also
ask about the glue instead of sutures, that sounds like a better way to go, hopefully they use it....Thank you again.
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I waited until my two had their last teeth in - the canines seem to have a hard time falling out and the vet was able to remove them at their spay for a minimal charge -about 71/2 months. They breezed thru the spay, I asked the vet to use the "glue" rather than stitches and you can't even find the scar!The worst side effect was from the pain meds...
Mine used the glue as well. I do think it was better. And you are right. The scar is barely noticeable.
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Thanks guys, I think I'll wait until after I take her in for her rabies and talk
to the vet at that time....she'll still only be 6 months...She is still loosing
her teeth, the long ones (canines?) in the front bottom, I noticed on both sides of the teeth is another coming up...so does that long one fall out after the other one is up?..I'm not sure if that is called the canine one or not, but it looks funny seeing two teeth side by side on bottom. I will also
ask about the glue instead of sutures, that sounds like a better way to go, hopefully they use it....Thank you again.
Waiting for spay will help. When they get double rows of teeth and they aren't falling out. When you get her spayed you have those pulled also while she's under
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but they still have time to fall out, they're just starting to come
up, hopefully the baby teeth will fall out there this month sometime...she
is funny ..I can always tell when a tooth is loose, she starts to lick like she
has a hair in her mouth and she's trying to get it out..yesterday she did that and I thought she had something stuck on the roof of her mouth, so Iput my finger in her mouth to check it out and the molar on the side was just
hanging there, but I didn't want to pull it and cause any bleeding if it wasn't
ready, but it was driving her crazy, so I gave her a little piece of a treat to
work on....after she ate the treat, she just spit out the tooth on the floor!..
she's eating her food much better now, yesterday she didn't eat at all until
evening...guess that tooth bothered her enough not to eat...so the growth
plates....what is that...and when does it occur?..what does that have to do
with spaying.....something with the hormones or something? I don't want
to spay her early, but then again I don't want to get caught with a heat, not sure what happens other than blood, is it alot or just a few drops here and there for 3 weeks?
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Growth plates are the soft areas at the ends of the bones and are the parts of the bones that grow. Homones greatly affect growth. The article I linked to explains it better. Growth plates close when a pup becomes sexually mature, different for each dog but anywhere from 9-14 months. Closure may be determined by xray.

Canine Sports Productions: Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete

In Yorkies, there is usually not alot of blood, mostly nickel sized spots here and there. Heats generally last 3 weeks, bleeding lasts about one week or less, and starts. More info:

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And absolutely request that pro-op bloodwork be done before the surgery.
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how many times a year do they come into heat? so I think I'll ask the
vet to x-ray her maybe, for the growth plates, and discuss this with
her, she is all for spaying at 6 months though...not my particular dog, but
in general, so is this just something that is best for yorkies, or all dogs in
general? Thanks for the info...I feel a little better, I don't think I'm going to
rush to surgery with her immediately at 6 months....
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how many times a year do they come into heat? so I think I'll ask the
vet to x-ray her maybe, for the growth plates, and discuss this with
her, she is all for spaying at 6 months though...not my particular dog, but
in general, so is this just something that is best for yorkies, or all dogs in
general? Thanks for the info...I feel a little better, I don't think I'm going to
rush to surgery with her immediately at 6 months....
This goes for all dogs in general... I'll find some more articles/posts backing this up... I'll be back in a few!
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This goes for all dogs in general... I'll find some more articles/posts backing this up... I'll be back in a few!
The main reason early sterilization began was population control.

Problems associated with early spay/neuter: Hormone-related urinary incontinence, crutiate ligament disease, prostatic cancer, osteosarcoma, thyroid disease, delay in closing of growth plates, odd growth patterns: long legged, narrow head/chest, weakened bone density, early onset of hip dysplasia, aggressiveness, behavioral problems...etc.

In many dogs, not all dogs.

It is your decision... is it worth the risks?


What's the right time to spay and neuter your dog? | PetMD

Early spay and nueter and not closing growth plates?


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Jada is 7 months old and just got spayed last week. I was really afraid for her to have the surgery as well. I think blood work is definitely necessary to make sure there aren't any health issues before they get the surgery. If the blood work does not come back clear they will not do the surgery. My vet told me that the spay should be done before the first heat, otherwise it is more painful for the dog. I initially thought my dog should stay overnight after being spayed but after further research I discovered that many times when vets keep dogs overnight after a spay there is no one at the clinic with the dog and they just put them in the cage. Even if it is a 24 hr facility, it's not like someone is going to hold your dog all night, it will still be in a cage. I think its better for them to come home after the spay and get TLC. Your dog will be in pain afterward though and it was very difficult for me to see my dog like that, I felt so helpless but I was glad that she was home with me while she was recovering. They gave her 5 days worth of pain meds and she felt better the next day. She also got microchipped and they pulled two of her teeth during her surgery.
I hope all goes well for your little baby!
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