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|02-18-2006, 01:33 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: New Zealand
Does spaying affect their growth?
I have a lovely, lively 16 week girl puppy. I am trying to decide when to spay her.She is little at 3 1/2 pounds. If i spay her at 5 to 6 months will it slow her growth? She is a picky eater and I want her to reach her full size.
|02-18-2006, 01:35 PM||#2|
I Love My Yorkies
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Jewels grew a lb after being spayed. She did fine with the surgery also.
|02-18-2006, 01:44 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Midlothian, Texas
Blog Entries: 3
Magic was 3lbs when she was spayed at 6 months and she grew to finally settle in at 5lbs now at 17 months!! I don't think it affects their growth at all....
Kristin, Mom to: Lil Mis Magic, Sailor and Captain
|02-18-2006, 01:44 PM||#4|
Join Date: Apr 2005
I've heard that they usually gain weight after being spayed, but I don't have any experience with it. I know my cats always gain weight after their surgeries.
Delilah loves Boss!
|02-18-2006, 01:56 PM||#5|
Princess Poop A Lot
Join Date: Nov 2005
I hope this helps.
Myths about Spaying & Neutering
Holly Nash, DVM, MS
Veterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
I heard that neutered and spayed dogs get fat and lazy. Is this true?
Spaying and neutering does change the metabolism of companion animals, so in most cases, they do not need as much food to maintain their weight as unspayed/unneutered dogs. The problem is not with the dog - it is us. We just tend to overfeed our dogs, and neutered/spayed dogs are more apt to put on weight because of that.
As for laziness, again, the amount of exercise our dogs receive and their activity levels are often dependent on us. If we do not give them opportunities for play and exercise, they can become couch potatoes just like some people. Many spayed/neutered dogs hunt, are entered in agility shows, become service dogs, and are trained in search and rescue. These dogs are anything but lazy.
My veterinarian recommended I spay my new puppy and she is only two months old. Is that safe?
Early spaying/neutering has been shown to be safe in multiple studies. It must be remembered that younger animals may need different anesthetics and are more prone to hypothermia (lower than normal body temperature) during surgery. But as long as procedures are modified to account for these differences, early neutering is very safe. In fact, puppies neutered at a younger age often have faster recoveries than those neutered when they are older.
I was told I should let my dog go through one heat before I have her spayed. Is that what you recommend?
We recommend that dogs be spayed before they have a heat. There are several reasons for this:
• Spaying a dog before her first heat is the best way to significantly reduce the chance your dog will develop breast cancer, a common condition in female dogs. The risk of malignant mammary tumors in dogs spayed prior to their first heat is 0.05%. It is 8% for dog spayed after one heat, and 26% in dogs spayed after their second heat.
• Any heat brings with it a chance your dog could become pregnant. This would adversely affect the health of a young dog.
• A heat also brings with it the chance for accidents. Dogs in heat have been known to run through glass patio doors, jump out of moving cars, and be hit by cars as they attempt to find a mate.
• Owners of females in heat also frequently have to deal with a sudden influx of male dogs around the home and yard. These amorous visitors leave numerous droppings, and spray plants and trees with urine in an attempt to mark their new found territory. There is also the mess and hassle of vaginal bleeding that typically goes on for 7 to 14 days. Who wants to deal with that if they do not have to?
References and Further Reading
Rutteman, GR; Withrow, SJ; MacEwen, EG. Tumors of the mammary gland. In Withrow, SJ; MacEwen, EG (eds). Small Animal Clinical Oncology. W.B. Saunders Co. Philadelphia, PA; 2001455-477.
Cindy & The Rescued Gang
Puppies Are Not Products!
|02-19-2006, 01:42 PM||#6|
Join Date: Oct 2004
I do know that for males the early neuter it might affect the growth by, but i am not sure about females though...
Thati & Mojo