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Old 03-04-2019, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I HAVE searched and couldn't find anything.. probably just my Puppy-Fatigue!! I would really like to know the best time to Spay our girl. We have a large Complete Great Dane Next door who is already in love with our little girl - Thankfully mutual and platonic - But I am terrified of her having a Season and him crashing through our fencing!

With our first girl the vets recommended she was done at 8 months (she was a big girl) now apparently views have changed and they say to wait until after the first Season and up to 18months. Would really like to hear the views from anyone in the know

She is only 5 months old now - so not looking just yet!
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It's best to wait until after long bone closure has taken place, which is around 14 months. So if the first season happens after the pup is a year old, then 3 months after that. If the first season is before a year old then 3 months after the second season. To me that's the earliest.

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John - Many thanks for the update I do appreciate your advice - I spoke to a friend today who has a Husky and German Shepherd and he had them both done at 6 months 2.5 years ago !! it is so confusing - But I know things have changed - I just want to do the best for Bolli so we will wait unless Vets tell me otherwise
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Of course, individual circumstances have to be taken into consideration, and sometimes the wrong thing is the right thing. For example, what is the fence like between you and your neighbour? Will it hold a determined Dane? I have a dog next door, but he is only a little fella, so no way he could get over of break through the dividing fence, so in my case no problem.
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There have been a number of studies recently regarding potential issues caused by early spay and neuter. Google that and you can read what the studies say. There is a link in large dogs to an increase in certain types of cancers and joint disorders. In your case, with your neighbor's dog being a threat, you will need to weigh the pros and cons. If it were me, I would find a way to reinforce that fence. FWIW.
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