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Old 06-02-2013, 05:13 PM
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The only real diff in my girls with ovaries vs. my girl that's fully spayed is that they keep a trimmer, more muscular figure easily.

Other than that, unless they're in or around a heat, no real difference. I have noticed my "intact" (using that to refer to Blossom too) girls seem to mature with each heat cycle, which is interesting.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:14 PM
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Rosey was intact her whole life... 16 1/2 years. I didn't really notice a difference between her and my aunt's spayed female, except that Rosey marked a LOT. Never inside, but outside? If we let her, she would mark all the things.
Gwen marks everything. She humps too. But she's spayed. I think she's just weird.

I didn't realize that the heat cycles were the only (major) difference between intact and "spaded"
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:19 PM
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Indy marks when she's in season and when she's coming into season. She doesn't mark when she's not in season. She drops her coat every time she comes into season. Enzo had a "spay" coat after she was spayed, meaning that she lost the correct coat for her breed (Labrador) and she'd dropped all of her undercoat. It took several years, but she finally regrew her undercoat, and sheds it seasonally now. She never marks.

I am worried about Indy loosing her muscle tone after she's spayed, but Enzo has some impressive muscles when we actually get out and do stuff regularly, so I'm hoping it will be the same for Indy, and that she'll actually keep a coat on her.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:43 PM
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They bleed and get big nipples. That's all I see. lol
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:59 PM
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I would prefer to deal with an intact girl then have to deal with an intact boy. Yeah, if you're trialing, the heat cycles can be annoying. But honestly, unless you breed, there's no reason to leave a bitch in tact for longer then it takes for their growth plates to close, IMHO.

Especially with all of the new options out there for spaying.

Miz Naughty is getting spayed this summer, in fact.

I don't see much of a difference in personality between when Miz Naughty is in heat, and when she's not.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:07 PM
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It was too long ago for me to remember too much about Em's temperament before she was spayed, but she had a heat prior to being spayed and then was going into heat again when she was spayed.

Bloo, on the other hand, oh man. Poor WishyFish. She was intact up until February(?), and we've had her since last July. She. Was. MISERABLE. Every single heat, she got whiny, couldn't stop humping, couldn't stop flagging, just generally couldn't contain herself, as hard as she tried. I'm glad she was left intact as long as she was, but poor girl did not have easy heats.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:13 PM
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I haven't been able to see any differences in spayed vs. altered girls I've lived with except that outdoor marking gets a little less. But, many of my altered girls were big outdoor markers as well. And their metabolisms seem to slow way down after a spay (but that seems true for males as well).

Behaviourally though, really no differences that I've been able to pinpoint. I only spay to reduce the risk of Pyometra.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:17 PM
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Mia and Nikki seemed to gain weight really quick right after they were spayed. I honestly struggle with Mia's weight even though she's so incredibly active. I am constantly readjusting her food intake.

Summer and Rose though stayed totally trim after being spayed. Summer is in fabulous shape. She didn't get any kind of spay coat either. I think people would be hard pressed to pick her out as a spayed dog. She also has big nipples too.
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There really isn't a difference, other than the seasons. And every single **** one of my bitches winds up with spay incontinence, which is annoying. At least Tess' spay incontinence isn't very bad, and DES controls it.

I don't notice that spayed bitches gain weight, unless the bitch were inclined to not eat during her seasons. I actually cut back Tess' food a little after her spay, to be sure she didn't gain weight, and she lost weight and got too skinny, I had to up her food again. She eats about the same amount as Pirate, who is intact, 4 years younger, and weighs 5-6 pounds more than her.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:17 PM
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Thanks for the input, everyone! Spay incontinence is also something I'd really rather not deal with... we have sooo many dogs at work that are on Proin, it's crazy. Just getting another boy is more and more appealing. lol
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