Can someone please just work out when we’re meant to Spay our dogs?

Two of the Inner Wolf pack puppies have just finished going through their first season and anyone who’s had to live with their dog during this time will know what a miserable few weeks of dog ownership it is. No walks off the lead, neediness, disobedience, grumpyness, escape attempts and some stained furniture – And that’s just the owner

Both of us were advised by our breeders to wait for our dog to have at least one season before going having them neutered but now I’m wondering why? So much like my dog trying to escape my garden, I did some digging

A good friend of mine had his puppy neutered after at only 2 months old. “wow, that’s really young” I remarked – “Well it was by a proper vet” he replied “it’s not like I took her to a back street abortion clinic!” Their vet had advised them to do it as soon as possible as a young puppy recovers much quicker.

My dog, a nine month old Cockapoo, half way through her first season, visited our vet last week as she was struggling to wee. We were then asked by our vet why we’d chosen to wait and we were given a reasonably stern lecture about the dangers of waiting; By allowing your dog to have a first season, the chances of Mammary cancer increase by around 10%. A second and third season pushes them up to 30%. Our vet was reasonably firm that by now we should have had her spayed.

Further online research turns up quite a lot of information about the hormones produced in the dogs adolescence that help growth of the legs, joints, plates and bladder and that by removing the uterus, your dog could suffer from growth defects, incontinence, weight gain and poor coat texture. Now, I would normally agree with a medical professional over some google search results, but the contradictions and weight of opinion on both sides is quite staggering.

So by now, you’re probably also scratching your head and you’re as baffled as I am. I’ve ben reading a lot about this and the get them young/ wait for a while argument seems to be split evenly, although the vets do seem to be more in favour of doing it sooner. If we sit somewhere in between the two opinions, I’m going to conclude that my breeder and therefore I, am right to do what we’re doing, have one season and then go for it. My dogs first birthday present will be a large bag of Ribbies trip to the vet for a general anesthetic.

Hopefully these three weeks of misery will be quickly forgotten and the Inner Wolf pack will continue to grow into healthy active, adventure dogs! The research continues…

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