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Spay/neuter help

Postby Storm » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:18 pm

Hi everyone I was just wondering what ages your Chows got spayed or neutered. Every dog my family has ever had we have had spayed or neutered at 3-4 months old. We just made storms appointment to get spayed in 3 weeks. I am just wondering if there is any benefit to waiting on getting her spayed later?

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Re: Spay/neuter help

Postby DrewBear » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:38 pm

This is a decision I need to make in a few months. My initial inclination is to wait at least 12 months before neutering my male Chow, but there are slightly different considerations for a female. Here are the links (limit of 3 per post, so others will follow) & excerpts in my notes:

http://forum.chowchow.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=19267
http://forum.chowchow.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19365

*don’t spay too early "Entire bitches only have a 3.4 % chance of developing mammary cancer, and whilst early neutering reduces this to approximately 0.017%; if spayed after the first season there is still a reduction to 0.27%, with this one factor declining as a “benefit” rapidly thereafter”..IF waiting creates minimal increased risk of cancer, but GREATLY reduces the risk of incontinence, waiting gives you a win/win...spaying carries a significant incontinence risk [does delaying after 1st heat reduce the risk of incontinence? what is that risk in either case?] what are the risks of the actual spaying surgery?
*i also have a coated breed and spay/neuter coats are a total pain to make look nice. they get fuzzy (more undercoat) and the top coat isn't the normal healthy texture without the hormones. [really?]
*Suzette wrote:it still seems like a damned if I do and damned if don't (spay) situation...If you can dodge the incontinence, there's not a lot to be said against spaying.
http://positively.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=13916&start=15
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Re: Spay/neuter help

Postby Storm » Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:00 pm

Thank you very much for the information. So I basically should wait til after her first heat. How long are they normally in heat for? I have never had a dog in heat. I will just need to keep cowboy away for
Her because I don't want Chow Chihuahuas lol

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Re: Spay/neuter help

Postby DrewBear » Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:48 pm

Chowhuahuas or Chihuachows? I wouldn't be surprised if someone eventually tries that combination. :shock:

I've never owned a female dog, so have no idea about how long they're in heat. And I'm afraid I didn't really follow the pros/cons of early or later spaying. There are some lively online debates about desexing dogs at all. Here are the last few links in my notes:

http://www.doglistener.co.uk/neutering_definitive
http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ChowChows_ShowOrPet/conversations/topics/57036
http://www.thedogplace.org/Spay-Neuter/considerations-canine-athelete_zink.asp
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