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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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Old 03-04-2019, 09:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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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Hi John
We have reinforced our Side of the fence but unfortunately there are a lot of large bushes etc before you get to the original Fencing which belongs to our Neighbours - I have spoken to our Neighbour but she only rents the place so it is all a bit tricky. I will have to work harder on the Landlord!! He really is a very sweet dog but he is enormous and very much in love with our little girl
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Just because the Dane is "in love" with Bolli doesn't mean that he wants to "have his wicked way" when the time is right!! Not all male dogs are "Mr Humpalot!!
She can come into season from 5 months onwards and I'm sure you will be watching for the signs. When it happens you can do "play and train" in the garden with her (a friend of mine was so worried she even kept her girly on lead in the garden) and I'm sure you could get her inside quick if you were concerned.

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Hi Casodil
Thanks for that … Alas I think he may be a humpalot!! he is constantly whining whenever he is in his garden and sees her and has done for a couple of months now. We did have our neighbours over about a month ago and they actually played nicely - But he is so Huge... We will just have to play it by ear and as you say - keep an eye on her and ensure when it happens we keep her collar on at all times in case we have to bring her back in sharpish!
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Hi, John
I agree with you!
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