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Old 12-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok...So I have 2 babies. Jaxon (male) and Belah (female). Belah is almost 8 months and I know the "heat" age differs for each dog, but I am sure it wont be too long. I will have to face it soon enough. Since I do NOT want them to mate for ANY reason I have been keeping them separated when we aren't around to avoid any "accidents".

Since no one really knows when their cycles will happen & I do NOT want any accidents & I can't keep them separated forever to avoid this. The logical thing (in my head) is to fix one.

My question, which do you think it would be better to get fixed? Male or female? I have done research on each and it seems to be "easier" on a male but Jaxon is 4 1/2 yrs old. I have also read it takes their "confidence" away. (who even knows if this is true) I am not sure what to do. Obviously I will have to fix 1 or the other. Fixing her will ENSURE we don't have to deal with her "cycles" anymore.

When we got Belah it wasn't the best terms (we weren't looking for another baby) she needed us, so of course we had to take her in and deal with any bridges we have to cross at that time. Well here is a bridge. I hadn't had any plans on fixing Jaxon thats why he hasn't been neutered yet. There was no reason to put him thru that. Well now that we have Belah we need to be careful. I really hate putting EITHER of them thru that, but I am not sure what else we can do.

Since I value the opinions of the people in this forum any advice would be greatly appreciated. It is not a light hearted decision. Its something that I would avoid all together if I could. It weighs very heavy on me. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have had 2 spayed in the past & neither one had any problems. They both came thru great. Good luck with whatever decision you make.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would spay Belah. Even if you did fix your male it would not guarantee that another male couldnt come into your yard.

BTW, you will notice her vulva is swollen and she will get her period when she comes into heat.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with Kari.
I would spay Belah

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree too. Don't know how many times I've heard... The neighbours dog got in the back garden or friends/family dog was over no one knew the female was in heat.. At least spaying her you know there won't be any accidents.

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Old 12-27-2012, 10:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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At first i was gonna say neuter, but I remember someone saying the hormones stay with the male for like a month once they are "fixed". I agree with the others, get bellah spayed, bc she could always get pregnant from another pooch. It also might be easier on her bc of her age. And I'll just throw it out there bc I'm sure it will be brought up sometime or another. Make sure you know the risks;-)

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Old 12-27-2012, 10:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yep I agree. The surgery is less invasive for the male but he can't have babies.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Spay the female as others have said.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The only way to guarantee that no "accidents" will happen is to spay Belah. both of my girls were spayed as puppies and the day after their surgeries they were back to their normal selves as if nothing happened. it will be easier on her to have the surgery as a puppy than for him to have surgery as an adult, puppies recover and heal remarkably fast.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:26 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I would spay Belah we didn't spay Roxi we did manage to keep Buster separate from her when she was in season but as said in a previous post the neighbors dog a boxer Shepherd mix scaled 3 fences and got her anyway I would recommend a vet that uses a laser to spay her vs the old fashioned way Brandi and Ziggs both healed faster than Mia who was done the traditional way
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