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Hattie was speyed last Thursday at just over six months. My vet who I have the utmost respect for gave a very convincing argument for speying before the first season ie. the prevention of many later life reproductive cancers. Hattie is fit well grown and has recovered very well from her operation. The other reason for my decision was that I will be away at Badminton for the first week in May and Hattie will board on a farm nearby where the visiting dogs live with the family. By then she would be around 7 months and a season was a real possibility. Today I went to buy dog food from the store where her puppy socialisation classes were run I took her in as I know the partner of the trainer has a soft spot for her. Hattie was her usual hyper self and I mentioned she had been speyed. I was informed I would have nothing but problems as she had been done so early. I trust my vet and we will see. However anyone who has visited some Labradoodle sites will see puppies are sold desexed at eight and a half weeks which is a whole different ball game. I am happy Hattie will suffer no ill effects from her spey as my vet would not do the proceedure if he thought it unethical. Sorry to let off steam but sometimes I wonder if just because it is the usual way is it necessarily the right way?
 

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Spaying is a personal descision, and vets and people have differing opinions, I spayed Lady prior to her first season as my vet advised, and we have had no problems with her what so ever, she is a dream. you made a fine decision for you and your dog, and upon the advice of your trusted vet. You have done nothing wrong.
nowadays there is no usual way as vets differ in their opinions. your vet would not suggest you do something taht would hurt your dog.
 

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Spaying is a personal descision, and vets and people have differing opinions, I spayed Lady prior to her first season as my vet advised, and we have had no problems with her what so ever, she is a dream. you made a fine decision for you and your dog, and upon the advice of your trusted vet. You have done nothing wrong.
nowadays there is no usual way as vets differ in their opinions. your vet would not suggest you do something taht would hurt your dog.
Thank you for your support. My vets practice is well respected in the area and I would never question their opinion. Just because it is the way we have always done things does not mean that is the best way. We will see how Hattie matures but I have no worries at the moment.
 

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We will be spaying Olive before her first season and to be honest I had never even heard of waiting until after their first season until i came to this forum. I did read up a little bit on the arguement to wait, but it didn't sway my decision.

Like Amanda said vets are going to have different opinions and i wouldn't say one way of thinking is right or wrong. We all love our pets and ensure they have good vet care.
 

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We had Beau spayed before her first season as this is what our vet advised. I read everything I could about when to have her spayed and even did a thread or two on here as couldn't make up my mind (I am one of the most indecisive people I know) and there were a lot of arguments for and against so in the end we went with what our vet told us. I don't think anyone really knows whether they have done the right thing for their particular pet but you have to go with what you feel is right and once done ignore any negative criticism :)
 

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Don't let anyone make you feel bad for making a decision like this. We neuter the majority of bitches nowadays pre- first season. There are arguments for and aginst pre and post first season but it is at the end of the day, very much your decision. My lab was done pre-first season and if i did not intend to breed, i would do others this way. If it helps, a few of our vets who have bitches spayed pre season and those that didn't either got caught out or have rescues. If there was such a problem with this timing, vets would not offer it, let alone advise it or do it to their own.

Next time, tell them to mind their own!! :D
 

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Lolly was spayed before her first season as well. Our vet highly recommended it (and I trust her completely) and it suited us to do so as well as, like you, we went away on holiday when Lolly was 7 months old and didn't feel it was fair for the family who were looking after to have to deal with a possible season. I didn't want to have to deal with one myself either.

Reading on previous threads posted here about this subject it seems there are pros and cons to both pre and post season ops and I think in the end the decision has to be what works for you and your puppy.
 

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Dont worry you made the right decision :). I think for a professional the opinion was slightly out of order.
People will always have differences in opinion with everything. Also most people subconsciously will use their own experiences as a foundation
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Person a had no problems spaying after a season so they think it's best, person b spayed before and had problems so they will think maybe I should have waited.

Person c spayed after and had problems so they will wish they had waited while person d did it before and had no problems so they think prior is the way to go.
So basically if we perceive we are getting the desired result from their actions they will champion those actions.

It's like the old joke about the man throwing balls of newspaper out of his window to keep tigers away. When his friend. Points out there are no tigers he says see it works.

Hope that made sense, still a bit sleepy so may be a bit garbled


Simon and Poppy
 

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Sue please don't feel bad and some people can be so opinionated, you have followed you vets advice and pre season spayed Hattie, she is fine and I am sorry to say but you will just have to ignore others comments. There is the pre season camp and after 1st season camp, it just depends on the vet and the owner.

It is just personal opinion and your choice at the end of the day, you have done the best thing for you and Hattie :) :)
 

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I'm all for pre season spaying. I think there are pro's can con's to both sides of the agument. I can't believe in years gone by the only agument was whether to spay or not to stop unwanted litters.

Funnily enough on the dog grooming course at Merrist wood, the teacher, Dinah, had very strong opinions on spaying, saying it was a personal crusade of hers. She did explain why she thought spaying too young was not a good idea and to wait for a couple of seasons to go by first.

Even after her explaination, I still thought, Millie was fine to have been spayed before her first season.

Please don't think you've done a bad thing, some people have big opinions on small issues. :)
 

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Agree Julie, my feeling is, would a vet do anything to put your dog at huge risk, and as a loving dog owner would any of us do anything we didn't feel was right .. some people just like to have a moan or dig to make others feel bad .. grrrr ..

Was that me having a moan lol :) :) happy Good Friday .. think I better go for a dog walk :) ... after a hot cross bun of course ...
 
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