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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. Share your story

my bby chi..chloe

3 days ago I had my 11month blue chi spayed I can understand that its better for her health but Im starting to regret having her fixed 1she was in pain in her sleep she was whimpering im not sure if it was cuz she was in pain or was she traumatized from the surgery now shes also having trouble controlling her bladder is this normal or am I just overacting ....
—Guest iris

Why? For what Purpose

My question to vets and animal lovers is this: What purpose do the hormones produced in the testicles or ovaries of our animals serve? Both of my Goldens had tumors and were not neutered. My current Golden is very bright and yet he does not have the drive the others had. He is not aggressive nor were the others. Testosterone provides protection in humans and animals from many illnesses. Review the data and don't get your dog neutered. We don't neuter male humans because as we age we know testosterone declines and so do the symptoms of andropause and diseases.
—ChrisSH

Neutering your male

I have to say that the only change I have seen in my two males that are neutered, is the fact that they shoot blanks. One was a year old when neutered and the other was 6 months. They both still hike their leg and pee on everything and will still hook up with a female in heat. So spaying my female was the only excellent results I have had with the spaying and neutering situation, and that was a true blessing in the fact that no more heat cycles.
—Karmill58

a stressful move

Recently we adopted a 3 year old chihuahua x dachound. she was spayed 2 days before we got her. On the Satuday when we got her she seemed totally fine and recovered, wanting to explore the house, mark her territory and watch the chipmunks but was still casuous of her jumping ect. After about 2 hours of having her we noticed one of her stitches had come undone and her intestine was hanging out so we got her straight to the emergency vet. They told us it was very rare as when we told her on the phone she suspected it was a bit of tissue, which is normal. Turns out it was extremly rare and had to go into life saving surgery asap. I was terrified as we drove home, and for the rest of the night until we had a call saying it was the best possible situation and they just needed to clean her up and sew her back together. (As before they thougth they may have to cut off an intestine.) the next morning I was so happy to pick her up from the vets and now shes settled nicly into her new home.
—Guest Courtney Parson

My pug getting spayed

My baby pug She is one year old now and I decided to get her spayed because I thought it was the best thing, vets didn't explain anything to me just took her off me and I went to work. They called me at 2:00 saying she is doing ok and to pick her up at half 5. I went to pick her up and they took me in a room said her heart stopped under during the op but she is ok. I took her home she looked so sad, I thought what have I done to my beloved pug. She looks uncomfortable all the time I took her back for her post op check and they just removed the plaster and checked her temp that was it. Have to wait another week til the horrible metal stitches all up her stomach can be removed and the horrible Plastic cone is cutting into her little neck :-( I wouldn't get my next pug spayed. Not after this. Poor thing.
—Guest Alison

My dog

My dog was just recently neutered, and he is a year+ old. His marking stopped immediately. Within hours after his surgery, he was peeing and draining his bladder at that point, not reserving any to mark. When I take him out now, it's one pee, one poo and lots of walkies. :) He still has 10 more days left before the e-collar comes off, and he's doing great.. same sweet, amazing dog, just not as nuts as he was before.. :D
—Guest Akiko

Get them spayed early

Our 8 month old puppy is scheduled to be spayed in 3 weeks. She's in heat now and I wish we would of had her spayed sooner because this is not a pleasant experience to have to deal with. Having to deal with all the bleeding and having to buy doggy diapers and make sure she's wearing them at all times so she doesn't bleed all over the furniture (and this heat cycle can last up to 3 weeks or longer) so I suggest you have them spayed as soon as 5 or 6 months because its a hassle if you wait like we did.
—Guest Holland

spay/neuter

My pup was neutered at 3 months and not a problem at all. Stray female 6 months just adopted us from abusive neighbor went right into heat, now we must wait the 6 weeks for her to return to normal to be spayed. I wish people would stop thinking everyone should have a dog. Take care of it, feed it, let it live with you, train with patience, praise and perservrance then you have another family member. Thanks for letting me rant.
—Guest Animal lover

Spay/neuter problems are *rare*

I'm just posting this for those who don't have experience with this, with their pets, and have seen a few stories here that might make them nervous. I've had a number of pets over the years, and all have been 'fixed.' They either came to me that way or it was done as soon as possible after I got the pet. My pets have never had problems as a result of spay/neuter. Not a single one of them, and they've been neutered at a variety of ages. The important thing is to be proactive about follow-up care and in choosing a vet. Read about those things, ask questions sooner rather than later. I hope your experience will be as good as mine have been! My new kitty (3 years old) will be going in for her spay soon. I found her through a newspaper ad. She's always been an inside cat & hasn't had kittens, but she went into heat within a week after I brought her home. I'd long forgotten what that's like!
—Guest Trina

spayed puppy

since my last story to you this is wat has happened. Back to vets because of the pain she was in they kept her in the hospital to sort out her bowels. Went to pick her up and just b4 i got there she had apperently torn all her stitches out on the door of her cage. She was stitched up again and i took her home. After three days i took her back to the vet one of the stitches looked like it was out and she couldnt walk because of pain. Got to vets he said 10 out of 12 stitches were out so she had to stay in the hospial for another week. I now have her home and she seemed much better except she had no voice, now she has a cough that sounds awful and is making her sick. Phoned the vet who thinks she may have bronchitis, i thought it might be kennel cough, he said i could go and get some antibiotics for her but i declined and said i would see how it goes.POOR PHEOBIE
—Guest xaroline

spayed dog

i had my puppy spayed 10 days ago,pup didnt have bowels open for 6 days. returned to vet who kept her in, she was hard to handle because she was in pain i went to pick her up today and she apparently ripped all the stitches out before i got there. has now had new stitches put in and iv brought her home but she is thrashing about cannot shout bcause her voice has gone so she is squealing not nice to see. i have given her a calming tablet. stitches donot look good because of her thrashing about and i dont know how to keep her calm she is obviously scared stiff and i have to go through another 10 days of this
—Guest caroline pearson

My puppy got pregnant,

My 8 month old doxie went into heat and got pregnant. Even with all the thing i did to keep her away from any males! She just was spayed today its called an emergency spay at my vet.
—Guest Dog lady

Spaid cat while in heat

We got a cat some years ago as a kitten. As grew up she develped the ability to fetch it was the darndest thing I Ever saw a cat do she would bring ball of paper back to me every time and drop it so I would throw it again. We had her sayed while she was in heat the first time. After that she never fetched again and she would bite and scratch you if you didn't pet her just right. Her skills and personality changed big time. Moral of story "don't spay your cat if she is already in heat.
—Guest Bob T

What have I done?

I rescued my beloved Poppy from the dogs home in March. She is a Yorkshire Terrier. I love her so much. I took her to be spayed yesterday. At 2.00 pm the vet phoned, as promised. I expected to hear him say everything was alright. He told me that Poppy's heart had stopped towards the end of the operation. She had also stopped breathing. They had managed to bring her round. But Poppy is blind and brain damaged. I attempted to bring her home today. I thought she would recognise our house and garden and her things. It became obvious that she cannot see. She bumped into the patio window and then wouldn't come out of her crate. She barked and growled at me. She has never, ever, shown any aggression towards anyone or anything before. I am devastated. What have I done? She deserved better than this. Poppy did not drink nor eat. She has gone back to the vets tonight and is on a drip. My heart is broken.
—Guest Lynda

My Golden was spayed...TWICE!

My female golden retriever was spayed twice, once at 6 months and then again only a few months ago (almost 3 1/2 years old). The vet had told me that yes, this can happen, but it's very rare. They did the surgery and everything has been fine...until three days ago, when she started going into heat AGAIN! Is this possible?? I took her back to another vet yesterday and saw a different doctor at the same practice who diagnosed it as an infection (without doing any tests...) and put her on antibiotics. Needless to say, she now not only has blood in her urine, but she's also leaving drops around the house. Very similar to her heat cycle before she had her second surgery. After cleaning her off this morning and last night, seeing the amount of blood on the towel, I definitely don't think it's an infection, but that she is yet again, going into heat. Please help! I'm at a loss for what to do for my furry companion =\
—Guest Amanda

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