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Hiya,

Im looking for some good information on speying or castrating? Ive been looking online and it seems like noone can agree on whats best?

I read that after castration dogs can still get the urge with a bitch in heat and can still perform but just not get a bitch pregnant? But i just read on another post here that they cant and them looking feminised? Sorry its a long story but im just really confused?

Lola has had a limp and after taking her to the vet he said she had a sprain, weeks later weve had to take her back to the vet who recommended an xray, we decided to ask if she could be speyed at the same time as zak keeps showing interest and liking her cookie!! enehow they were going to do it but phoned me once they had her asleep saying they didnt want to as it looked like she had a broken ankle!! they sent her xrays to a specialist who then decided that she had osteochondrosis with a chipped peice of bone and shes now on painkillers and suppliments for life :(

since weve got zak i obviously dont want them breeding, And with lola's problems i would rather she didnt have another anesthetic and now thinking it would be easier if zak was done ( i poopood the idea before thinking he would still be after her and didnt want her touched iykwim)

when a male is done do they still show interest when a bitch is in season? Would he still try and get his way iykwim? or would it be easier to get lola speyed when shes a bit older? Confused loads on whats best to do?

thanks in advance x
 

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How old are they? When is her season due? It is best done 'between' her seasons as less blood in the region.

Yes a dog can still show interest despite being 'done'.
 

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Hiya

Zak is 2 1/2, and originally we thought about studding him out, he comes from a really good background etc

Lola is almost 6 months and although zak is showing interest in her bits ive been checking no bleeding nor swollen bits etc, We didnt plan on having lola, She was being mistreated by her owner, Came with no papers as the man who bought her was a complete idiot and walked away with a photocopy of mums pedigree thinking that made lola one too :( we intended on having her speyed as i wouldnt breed her and then all the nightmare ankle problems arrived,

Problems are zak is an extremely clever dog and its going to be a nightmare when she has a season! Sadly i dont have anyone who could take zak either and after pricing kennels that isnt an option either, i just dont want zak catching her, Shes like my little baby now and as much as i love zak the thought of him going anywhere near her makes me cringe lol

If zak would still want to mate afterwards then tbh theres not much point in me having him done and back to the original plan than getting lola done even if it does mean another anestetic :( x
 

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I'm no expert but would advise to get your boy castrated before your girl goes into season. Girls are best spayed after their first season and it would be very difficult to keep them apart.
 

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Even if Zak did still want to mount her afterwards, the big point of having him castrated, would be that there wouldn't be any puppies* and especially considering Lola's age and health worries, you definitely want to be avoiding puppies, don't you.

I've had various neutered males living with a female in season and not had any trouble, but my boys have been older at the time and were neutered a long time before (certainly in two cases and probably the other too). As you've noted, a male may still try to mate a female, even if he has been done, so I'd still recommend you watching them and separating them if you have to go out.

In your situation, I agree that you definitely need to think about one of them being done.

*It is in theory possible for a male to get a female pregnant, after he has been done, up to a certain period of time (which seems to range from about a month onwards, depending on what you read), hence still recommending separating them if you can't supervise, during her season.

Plenty of people do spay a girl around six months, but many prefer to wait for them to have had at least one season, if they can keep them safe during the season. Maybe having him done now, supervising carefully when she has her season if it's not too long after his op, then thinking about having her spayed in the future - as otherwise you'll have to keep her at home for weeks on end, once or twice a year, forever.

Hope that makes some sense! :)
 
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I had my lab castrated at 11 months old, he's now 8 and shows no interest when around bitches in season. However a friend has a 6 year old who was castrated several years ago and he will attempt to mount bitches in season so every dog is different. Castrated males do still mount and tie, the only thing castration stops is the chance of pups... and i believe they can still make puppies up to 6 months AFTER castration so thats definately something to bare in mind. It is difficult but not impossible to keep a bitch and dog in the same house during seasons but its really hard work and can drive the dogs crazy.... i hope you find a solution but i do think having Lola spayed will make home life easier for all of you.
 

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I really think you need to decide what you are going to do and quickly! Lola could come into season any day and if you are not vigilant you will end up with a unheathtested bitch pregnant. If he is already sniffing around her it may mean her season is imminent!

I urge you to make your decision quickly, before you find yourself with a litter of unintended puppies.

Also if you are intending to wait and have her spayed after her first season I would suggest that you send Zak away to friends or relatives for a 3 week holiday!

Chloe
 
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