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Post by AshleyW on Tue Apr 24 2018, 14:42

Hey guys like the title says been looking into when to get our Cleo spayed, been looking online and though the forums on here and seen loads of mixed opinions and facts the main ones that concern me are the potential negative effects of getting our girl fixed to young etc if we got her fixed young (<6 months) she will stay that age mentally.


What are your guys experiences when did you get your girls spayed and how did it effect them.

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Post by Nifty staffy on Tue Apr 24 2018, 18:07

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Post by Nifty staffy on Tue Apr 24 2018, 18:17

Hello and welcome from us.

It’s indeed a tricky question with very differing opinions.

My Nifty has just had her first birthday and she's booked in for her operation in a couple of weeks.
She’s had her first season and is just coming out of a phantom pregnancy so I’m happy that it’s a good time for her. Vet also mentioned that repetitive phantom pregnancies can increase the risk of mast cell tumours.

From my research and in my opinion, <6 months is really too young and from the development point of view (physical as well as mental), I wanted her to at least have her first season. Some say to wait 2 or 3 seasons but I think her first season was enough for us all ...
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Post by Jenc on Tue Apr 24 2018, 21:50

Hi from me & Katy, I had her spayed at about 18 months after 2 seasons & a phantom. It is personal preference but I waited until Katy had fully grown & matured. I believe 6 months is too early but that's my opinion


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Post by gillybrent on Thu Apr 26 2018, 18:22

Hi & welcome.

My advice would be in two parts...
1) If you can guarantee that she won't mate by accident, then don't do it - or if you still want to, wait for full mental & physical maturity, so around 2 years old.

2) If you're in a situation where you'll find it difficult to keep dogs away, let her have at least one, preferably 2 seasons & then have her done.

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Post by Mistys Mum on Fri Apr 27 2018, 08:29

Welcome from misty and I. We rescued misty at 14 months old and that same week she went into her second season. We had already got her booked in for spraying but had to bring it forward due to a suspected case of pryometra so she was spayed about two months after her second season.

My mum had our family Labrador spayed after her first season and she was fine, she lived until sixteen and was perfectly healthy.


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Post by gillybrent on Fri Apr 27 2018, 10:06

Mistys Mum wrote:
My mum had our family Labrador spayed after her first season and she was fine, she lived until sixteen and was perfectly healthy.

Yes, and many bitches will be. But there are several reasons for delaying a spay. All anyone can do is read, enquire & think.

Don't take anything at face value, even a vet's advice. Vets nowadays seem to want to neuter everything at 5 months old & don't give you time to think about it because they want to book you in straight away. But for a breed like the Stafford - a notoriously sensitive breed - later neutering is better than earlier. They are far better off maturing properly, and then the decision can be made.

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Post by AshleyW on Tue May 01 2018, 08:59

Thanks a lot everyone for the great advice after reading this I think we will wait till her second season but even when this comes we will see how she has come maturity wise and if she needs a little longer we will wait.

Thank you all very much!

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