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Readers Respond: Tell us about having your dog or cat spayed or neutered

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Spaying and neutering are considered to be routine, elective surgeries. And, for a young healthy animal, they are. After a short recovery period, the pet resumes life as normal. Sometimes though, the pet may be in heat, pregnant, do too much licking or be too active post-surgery.

There is also some debate at what age (if at all) pets should be spayed and neutered. What's your opinion?

Please share your pet's spay or neuter story or your opinions about spaying, neutering and pet overpopulation.

false heat

thank you!!!! we are in a jamb. we have a young spayed female (6 months post-spay) who suddenly got our males out of control. no symptons. ok now but will take her to our vet & make sure no infection. but thanks cause we had no idea how a spayed dog could suddenly cause what looked like an obvious heat.
—Guest rich es

Spay/no Spay?

My first yorkshire terrier, which I got as a puppy, I did not spay. Had her 16 years without a health problem. No mammary cancer no nothing. Of course I watched her & I never had problems with her heats. After losing her I waited 6 years to get another companion. I decided to have this yorkie spayed because they scare you into it. So I did and the poor thing was in pain and would not come out of her crate for three days. I said never again. There are now studies being done that early spaying may attribute to the rise in cushings. Very personal decision. It seems the smaller dogs have more problems. I have no intention of breeding but no spaying for me.
—Guest Bobbie

Spay during heat

I dropped my Calico off 02/25/14 for a spay and the vet did not tell me she was in heat until after the surgery was done... no additional cost and she explained the possible complications..MiMi is doing great!
—Guest Chan

Spay while in estrus

I foster Weimaraners. I am currently caring for a 2 or 3 year old female who had puppies about 12 weeks ago. When she came to us her last puppy had just been adopted(at 8 weeks old), so we had to wait a couple of weeks for her milk to dry up before we could have her spayed. After 2 or 3 weeks we had the surgery done and found out that she had already started her heat cycle again! I am very surprised that she is in heat even after her surgery, but I am glad it had been done when it was. There were no problems from the surgery and she is healing wonderfully.
—Guest Weim Jess

Animal lover

I've had boo coo animals in my life... I now have 9 dogs & 6 cats. About half rescue. I've not had any " oh my god" moments due to nutering. It's best to get them fixed ASAP!! Too many animals ' not enough good homes.
—Guest Deb

Please spay / neuter!!!!

I've had 3 dogs since I was a child who all have been fixed at different ages. My childhood golden retriever was spayed as a puppy and had no complications. She grew up thinking of us kids as her own pups. My now 3 yr old Yorkie was neutered after he had already dropped. I wish now I would have done it while he was a puppy because while he was a dog looking for a female he taught himself to jump OVER fences and now even though he no longer is interested in females if he gets board he's going to jump the fence. Me and my fiancee just got a 9 month chocolate lab mix and she was in heat when we got her ... Not only was it a mess for us to clean up but it was extremely uncomfortable for her. She would be playing or laying at our feet relaxing and then out of nowhere she jumps up whining and humping the air. We got her fixed and even though she is uncomfortable now here in a few weeks it will be all over and she will never have to go through it again. My parents did research on every vet av
—Guest Amie

Ask Questions!!

When I brought my year old hound in to be spayed I asked every question under the sun. The vet kept telling me the whole thing was very routine and not to worry. While I really liked the vet up until this point and was very comfortable with the practice I was not feeling comfortable with the curt answers. Needless to say my hound and I left. I was not going to keep an appointment where I was not happy. I asked friends and coworkers about their experiences and found a vet I was comfortable with. We had a great experience with our new vet! She is happy and healthy with no complications. Remember this is YOUR dog if you don't like what the vet has to say LEAVE!!
—Guest squeaker1

My dog turned stupid after spaying....

My 3 year old dog got spayed the other day. I've had her since she was a pup. since her spay, se has become stupid, like she has brain damage. She is not listening, when she ALWAYS DID, she has been standing on the coffee table, which has NEVER happened before, I caught her 4 times just yesterday and she stands there looking at me like its a natural thing. I don't know what has happened but I really believe she got brain damage while under for the surgery.
—Guest Lisa

spaying dog while in heat

My dog was spayed today. I had her in over three weeks ago to see why her bleeding ( first heat) was so long. Was told all was ok she would be done in a week. So I scheduled surgery for 3 weeks later. When I saw the bill there was an extra 50 added on because she was still in heat!! Told them I was told the date should be fine. Also she apparently gained 7 pounds in the last month which also jacked up the bill becsuse its more for dogs over 25 pounds (she was 24 pounds last time). So owner beware. Have your dog spsyed at a younger age. Mine is 12 mi
—Guest Margaret Brooks

Spay/neuter

Every pet that comes into my house is spayed/neutered. I work in a Shelter and it is heartbreaking. There are too many.
—Guest Lynn

Stupid not to Spay!

I have had dogs and had them spayed. Instead of taking mine in prior to 6 MOA, I waited until her 7th month only to find she went into heat. Why did I do this? I listened to a friend who told me not to do it too soon even after I've had 3 dogs spayed without complications. UGH for listening to her instead of my own intuition.
—Guest Liz

My neutering story

I had my mix breed pup neutered at 6 months and he was came home with pain meds. I was instructed to give him the meds when he began to show signs of pain. Well, he never did. He played, ate, slept well and had normal potty trips. I highly recommend spaying and neutering. I have two more who are going to the vet any day now. My vet has a backlog right now of 6-8 weeks. I want them done as one is male and the other is female. My neutered male is NOT fat or lazy. He has so much energy that the other two can't keep up with him. He has never had any complications of the surgery and I don't expect that he ever will. He stayed one day and night and came home ready to tackle the world and hasn't slowed down yet!!
—Guest 3doghousehold

Definitely recommend it

We currently have 2 spayed females and 3 neutered males. Our 2 and 3 year olds (spayed Shepherd and neutered Golden) are extremely active, so there goes the "they get lazy" myth! All of the dogs are happy and healthy. Had they not all been "fixed," we would doubtless have had 2 or 3 "oops" litters by now from the shepherd's escapades. Something as simple as an open door/gate could leave you with 8 puppies (or 5 kittens) in two months, so spay/neuter is the best way to prevent that. ALL of our dogs are rescues, 4 are (I hope) from "oops" litters, and our Golden was dumped in a shelter. The breeder may have thought it was a good home, and Reuben certainly seems to have been loved and well-treated, but at 8 months old, they dumped him. Reason for surrender? Either the reason they gave ("landlord doesn't want"), or the $2,000 surgery he needed to correct a genetic disorder. Careless breeding comes with a price.
—Guest Kate

Maeve Spayed Before First Heat

I had Maeve Dog, dog being her last name not her sex, spayed at six months before her first heat. The veterinarian was experienced and skilled and Maeve, after staying the night at the clinic, went home the next day. The ony "complication" was forcing Maeve to rest more and allow herself to heal. The operation went so well she was ready to rock and roll on the second day. I had her spayed for two reasons, one was she was not a show-quality dog and I would have contributed nothing to the breed by her having puppies. The second reason, as Dr. Crosby stated, was to reduce the risk of various cancers. She is a fine companion, did not need a heat cycle or a litter and at seven is healthy, a good thing for a giant-breed dog.
—Packingpadre

No problems at all

Back home with my parents, we had our kitties spayed and neutered at 6 months so we could have them done at the same time because they were outdoor cats and very hard to get into the carrier for the vet but did a little better together. My male was just fine. My female was a bit tired at first but there were no problems whatsoever. Out where I live now, I just got a 4 month old kitty, and I'm determined to make sure she's spayed before her first heat cycle. I'm going to start calling around the local vets soon to find a good place for her so everything is ready when she's 6 months.
—Guest Alison

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