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02-11-2011 07:13 AM
Re: When to Spay?

I was shocked at how sleepy Mischa was for the first few days.
The timing worked out well, sort of...I was home that week with a back injury so we spent a few days laying on the floor together. lol

After about 5 days she had enough and was back to her crazy self, but the wound was not healed yet. We were about to take her to the vet because it looked like it was going to split open when she'd jump up. A day or so after that, the healing was back on track, but we still had to try to keep her calm.

Best thing was buying a bag of frozen bones from a butcher. That kept her occupied and on the floor, not up in the air!

We had to keep the walks short, and on leash for 12 or 13 days total.
02-10-2011 08:11 AM
Re: When to Spay?

We thought Holley was going to be way worse with being in the crate but she did really well. We knew that if she had the chance she would do her laps through the apartment at a high rate of speed and we couldn't risk anything with the class coming up. They all seem to have their challenges. Haha.
02-09-2011 11:15 PM
Re: When to Spay?

Our vet kept Rosie inpatient for the first night, then sent her home with us the next day with fairly moderate instructions regarding activity. They said just to avoid a lot of running and jumping--which admittedly is tough with a V. So we kept her home with no long walks. She would have hated being crated b/c she never really loved her crate. She did do more bouncing around than we would have liked, but couldn't get going too fast indoors and fortunately, healed okay.
02-09-2011 08:48 AM
Re: When to Spay?

It is very hard to limit activity but what worked well for us was keeping her confined to her crate for the first couple days. We only let her out to eat and go to the bathroom. This was difficult though because we live on a 2nd floor and they can not do steps for the 2 weeks so we had to carry her everytime. After the first couple days, we had her on a leash in the apartment. It worked really well and she healed up beautifully. We were worried because she needed to be better for her obedience class that started 11 days after surgery. The vet had recommended 25mg of Benadryl to try to keep her calm. It didn't really have any affect on Holley but its worth a shot. Good luck.
02-09-2011 12:59 AM
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BTW, we did pay a little extra also. The vet said the amount of pain is reduced.
02-09-2011 12:56 AM
Re: When to Spay?

Sunny was spayed last Friday. 8 1/2 months. She has done great. We've tried to limit activity but as you said that's almost impossible. I was more afraid of the cancer thing than the behavior aspect.

Whatever you choose will be the right decision for you!
02-08-2011 05:49 PM
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Thanks for your replies. Molly saw the vet this week and was told do the spay thing at six months....definately don't let her go into heat. Vet also said i would have to keep Molly calm for ten days after surgery. Someone please tell me what planet the vet lives on! I think I will need a lot of pot....for the dog.
02-07-2011 11:02 AM
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8 months for our boy. His breeder, who works at a vet, told us that they try to get them neutered before they start lifting their legs and marking territories. Plus the social aspect of really starting to hump away. He is doing great.....there was ZERO change in personality. It looked like he didn't even notice. He never touched his stitches and was up and running around in a day or so (not recommended by the vet). We tried to keep him calm and on a leash for the first 5 days.....NOT GOING TO HAPPEN WITH A V!!!!!

01-20-2011 12:09 PM
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Everyone will form their own opinions...but here's a good article in regards to the discussion. As I menitoend before it is by Bruce Fogle from his veterinarian practice website (Portman Veterinary Clinic)
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He is pro neutring earlier in the dog's life so take it w/ a grain of salt....but it is what I will be following w/ my new pup...picking him up next week!

Much appreciate the discussion
01-19-2011 05:51 PM
Re: When to Spay?

I am currently waiting for my V to be born... I will get a boy.
I like to plan ahead. Therefore, I am currently in doubt on when is "really" the best time to neuter a dog.
The breeder I am getting the dog from as well as another breeder (also a DVM) told me that is better to wait until the dog is fully grown (18 months) before neutering him. That way all the bones and muscles are fully grown, developed and his male characteristics are set.

On the other side "behaviorist" and most vets recommend to neuter at 6 months (or before) and claim there is not adverse effect on health or physical development (even though I have read multiple articles where neutering/spaying does more harm than good in the long term health of dogs).

I have to admit that the idea of waiting for full growth to end before neutering a dog make more sense to me. And at this point I am more incline to wait longer before spaying a dog.

As far as I have seen V's are quite mellow and eager to please. I am not that worry about the undesired "behavior" resulting from the extra hormones if the dog is left intact a little bit longer.

More discussion and posting on this issue will be great! I don't expect to see a definitive answer but the more postings and experiences the better....

Thanks to all for this great outlet,
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