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View Poll Results: Why did you spay or neuter?
Spayed - required by rescue/breeder 26 29.21%
Spayed - to protect their health 11 12.36%
Spayed - to modify behavior 4 4.49%
Spayed - for birth control 23 25.84%
Other (please explain in comments) 17 19.10%
Neutered - required by rescue/breeder 27 30.34%
Neutered - to protect their health 4 4.49%
Neutered - to modify behavior 16 17.98%
Neutered - for birth control 18 20.22%
chocolate orange! 11 12.36%
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:10 PM
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Default Why did you alter your dog?

I saw a survey on a webinar and it made me curious: why did you spay or neuter your pet?

Answer once for each pet.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:15 PM
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For Kaylee I did it because it's what you're "supposed" to do. It really was just that she was the first dog I had that was mine and I wanted to do everything right and doing it right was getting her spayed at 6 months. I didn't really think of it in terms of stopping reproduction or hormones or even really health. Just, it's what you do.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:16 PM
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Meg was spayed at about 18 months (after having a litter) by the rescue in West Virginia before transport to Vermont.

Gusto was done at about 11 months by me. I have zero interest in owning intact dogs. I had intended to keep him intact a couple months longer, but I was already sick of dealing with him drooling and chattering all over the training center.

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Old 02-08-2014, 08:27 PM
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I picked to modify behavior and for birth control. I know that I didn't want to deal with an unneutered dog (and still don't) but I realize now that behavior is moreso a training issue vs. an unaltered issue. I'm way more open minded to people opting not to neuter/spay, but it's probably something I'll always do, at the appropriate age (preferably never before 8 months for a small breed).
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:32 PM
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With Harlow, it was just what you were supposed to do. The vets pushed me pretty hard and I didn't give a second thought. It was for birth control, though.

Rider came altered from the rescue. He was a one nutter, anyways which iirc can be a health concern.

Futurepuppy will be unaltered for a period of time. Female until at least 2 for convenience and BC, male I may keep intact longer/for life. Not sure yet!

ETA: Whoops. I clicked vote too early on the poll and now Rider isn't in there. >.<

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Old 02-08-2014, 08:33 PM
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The girls were both spayed prior to me getting them, Skye probably as a puppy. Zoie was spayed at 10 weeks at the shelter.

I neutered Romeo..I think it was 10 months. I answer for behavior modification, but it wasn't for a current behavior problem. I just wanted to prevent male/male dog aggression, I guess.

Fiona is staying intact for the time being.

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Old 02-08-2014, 08:44 PM
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Neutered because of birth control.

We go to dog parks, I want to sign him up for day care, he plays with other dogs, the city license fee encourages neuter...

honestly it was the responsible thing to do. I let him play with other dogs a lot and I do take my eyes off him and god forbid something happened.

and I hate to say it but we were facing some dog reactivity pre-neuter and post it seems to have disappeared.... so I think behavioral as well.

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Old 02-08-2014, 08:45 PM
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Millie was spayed at 5 months. I was only 10 years old then and neither my mom nor I were responsible enough to handle an intact dog at the time, so to the vet she went.
Fable was spayed at 8 weeks by the shelter before she was adopted out.

Ideally my next dog will keep all her natural parts for the duration of her life, barring issues that make altering the best choice.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:54 PM
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Other. Convenience is really the only reason I opt to spay outside of medical emergencies. I'm capable of preventing unwanted litters and dealing with the mess and behavior changes during heat cycles, but if I decide I don't want to anymore with a bitch I have no intention of breeding, out come the reproductive organs.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:55 PM
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Blackie was neutered for behavioral reasons (he kept trying to mount the twins when we were out playing with him if I remember correctly). He was neutered at about 3 years of age.

Rose was spayed around 6 months, I think, purely so we could avoid puppies. She was an outdoor farm don't let an outdoor farm dog remain unaltered.

Chloe was spayed around 5 months because I was hoping it would help her aggression issues and I did NOT want to deal with her in heat. (For the didn't help her aggression.)

Cooper was neutered at my decision at around 3 years of age, too, when I couldn't get his indoor marking to stop with training alone.

Abrams is intact and and will remain so for a while yet, unless I'm forced to do it earlier. I don't want to have him done until I feel he's fully mature.
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