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Old 02-12-2012, 08:34 PM
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Why not? Increased risk of hypothyroidism, some cancers, orthopedic problems, cruciate tears, incontinence...the list goes on and on. She's still a very young dog - just over a year if I remember right. Personally I would still wait at least another year. Pyo is pretty much a non-issue in a dog that young, and if she DID somehow get it, she could be spayed at that point to treat it.


If I had the choice, I would NOT have neutered Gavroche, knowing what I know now. I'm 99% sure he wouldn't have hypothyroidism or urinary incontinence/UTI if he was still intact.
Exactly.

Being a mutt doesn't mean all of the physiological and behavioral consequences of spaying would just skip on by her.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:36 PM
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Exactly.

Being a mutt doesn't mean all of the physiological and behavioral consequences of spaying would just skip on by her.
so mutts aren't magical?!
WHAT?!
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:37 PM
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:38 PM
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Mine is.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:40 PM
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WHAT?!
Hahaha

Ya the reasons mentioned are a big part of why I've been considering waiting until she is about 2 though I'm still wanting to do my research now so when the time comes I have an idea what it's going to cost so I have the money set aside. She should be going into her second heat soon.... Maybe... I think its been about 4 or 5 months since her last one and I don't know her cycle yet. I've known female dogs that went into heat every 4-6 months and others that only did once a year.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:42 PM
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I mean she's a mutt anyway, so why not![/COLOR]
cause that's not ****in offensive or anything...
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:24 PM
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cause that's not ****in offensive or anything...
I don't think they mean it in a hurt-your-feelings, your-dog-isn't-as-good-as-mine way (she has two mutts). They mean it in a it's-not-responsible-to-breed-mexican-street-dogs way so they believe it is a good idea to alter the dog to ensure prevention of accidents.

Crap happens and without a control group it's hard to say whether your dogs ailments are caused by a spay or not. IMO for every person who says "spaying did this to my dog" you can find someone else who says "keeping my dog intact did this to my dog".
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Crap happens and without a control group it's hard to say whether your dogs ailments are caused by a spay or not. IMO for every person who says "spaying did this to my dog" you can find someone else who says "keeping my dog intact did this to my dog".
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But in all seriousness, it's not fair to say that having a dog altered caused all these problems. Can they, of course! Can other factors also cause it, of course!

I was one of those "my dog had her urinary tract nicked/she has spay incontinence" people... until she didn't need meds anymore when she started getting chiropractic adjustments regularly. We saw a Wheaten puppy at the clinic with significant incontinence issues... NOT spay related (in fact, she wasn't spayed until long after this was finally diagnosed). She has a misplaced bladder (as diagnosed by the University, a group of medical professionals).

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I weigh my options but I guess I'll always be one of the "I don't want to rely on 'herd immunity/control/responsibility' people." And that's the wonder if being individuals!

Whatever Amber decides to do with Cricket will be what she needs to do. Having an intact female certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:54 PM
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I don't think anyone said she shouldn't spay Cricket. But having a complicated decision brought down to "I mean she's a mutt anyway, so why not!" is rather saddening, at least to me it is.

I don't care one way or the other what decision Amber makes, as long as it's informed and hers.
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Crap happens and without a control group it's hard to say whether your dogs ailments are caused by a spay or not. IMO for every person who says "spaying did this to my dog" you can find someone else who says "keeping my dog intact did this to my dog".
This.

I can't possibly say what affect spaying had on my dogs, because I don't know what they'd be like if they were still intact. Juno is incontinent but I also know that the problem was non-existent when she was on a raw diet. So.

Anyway. Spaying or not spaying, both have risks, neither is wrong.
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