Originally Posted by Cat
Originally Posted by KiwiRyder
I think everyone took my concern a little differently than I was expecting, I was never planning on not getting her spayed, just didn't know what age I was going to do it. But I have researched & from advise from a good breeder I am going to let her have her first season then get her spayed about 3/4 weeks after. My vet said 5 months I think that is too young for any animal, she only did that cause I mentioned the entire male on the property.
I didn't read any response that assumed that you were not getting her spayed - so your first comment makes me wonder did you actually read the responses. And from the rest of what you wrote - it looks like you already had your answer before you asked. So why bother?
I agree. I don't think anyone was going to change her mind; it had already been made, which makes you wonder why she even asked. However, if you are interested, here is information from a veterinary schools study on early vs late spay and neuter that showed early spay / neuter to be not only safer, but easier on dogs when done early:
"These studies report that anesthetizing 6- to 7-week-old puppies and kittens was uneventful. Spays are reported to be easier and faster at 6 to 7 weeks than at 6 to 7 months because there is little subcutaneous fat to hinder entrance to the abdominal cavity and the lack of vasculature reduces hemorrhage. Finding organs was no harder than on the older animal. The speed of castrations at 6 to 7 weeks and at 6 to 7 months is the same, and the testicles are easier to remove and break down. Finally, the younger animals recovered faster and with less pain. "
"These studies indicate that early spays benefit the animal, the owner, animal population control, and you, the veterinarian. The animal benefits because the anesthesia is fast and uneventful; surgical procedure is well tolerated and animals recover faster. If made part of the standard puppy/kitten vaccination program, it would also benefit owners by decreasing the number of veterinary office visits necessary upon acquiring a new pet. This convenience to owners would lead to increased compliance on their part and thereby decrease the number of unwanted dogs and cats produced each year. The veterinarian benefits because spays and neuters at 6 to 7 weeks of age are easier and faster than at 6 to 7 months, they help reduce animal overpopulation, and higher owner compliance means more business. It also gives veterinarians the opportunity to interact with shelters, pet stores, and breeders and be seen as leaders in animal welfare in our communities. "
Taken from: http://vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/ivb/spay-neu.htm