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Old 01-07-2013, 11:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone. My Serena is 4.5 months old. We were wondering at what age did other members spay their females. Our vet suggests doing it between 4 & 6 months. We are leaning towards getting her spayed when she is 6 months old but also wanted to gain some insight about the timing from boxer owners who have already been down this road.

I've read a heat cycle happen as early as 6 months, but is usually later. What has been your experience with this? Ideally we want to spay her before she has a heat cycle. Thanks.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dixie is in her first heat now. She is 10 months now. I decided to wait after reading the benefits of waiting on her to mature completely before spaying. it's been a rough 3 weeks though. I can't keep the panties on her so I am just doing my best to keep up with the mess and make sure she isn't outside alone. I am going to wait 2 months after this is over, she will be 1 year old. My rat terrier was spayed at 6 months old and she is having problems with bone loss in her back so in a way maybe this wouldn't be happening to her if I had let her mature....I dunno.
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A mess is Forsure. My girl is in her heat right now at 10 months. She drips everywhere, but I don't trust her outside cause there is a dog that wants to hop the fence for her
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we had our pups spayed and neutered at five or six months old and they are as healthy as ever. we've always had our dogs spayed and neutered around five or six months old and have never had any health problems related to an "early" spay/neuter with them, they all lived long healthy lives and passed away when they were ten or twelve years old.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for the replies. Looks like we will stick with 6 months, possibly even 5.5 months. I don't want to deal with a heat cycle. I've only ever had cats and 6 months was the usual age I had them spayed/neutered. Wasn't sure if the same was true for dogs.
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Pheona was just over 6 months when she was spayed & so far no issues. We will do Murphy around the same time. I had called a few vets offices (at recommendations) of friends. Well the one office I told the lady that I was questioning spaying my dog, she asked if I had a male or female. Told her spay is usually a term that goes with female & neuter goes with male. Needless to say that one was off the list. Then called another & the lady said the doc there likes to do spays at around 3 months...umm to early...another off the list. Then I remembered a girl my husband works with owns 2 boxers so I contacted her & got the name of her off base vet. This was an awesome office. They were great & took extra special care of my girl. They called me a few times throughout her day there to keep me posted on her.
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