pros and cons of fixing you dog

United States
August 14, 2008 6:05pm CST
I have been told different things...one is that i need to let my dog have a litter before fixing her. one is not to fix her because of an infection they can get. one that i need to do it bfore she is 4 years old because it is not safe for her after that. last but not leat, always fix your dog to help the pet population. what do i do. please help, cyndi
2 responses
• United States
14 Aug 08
Having your dog fixed before letting her have a litter will not hurt her. They do not "need" to have a litter to be fulfilled as a dog nor will they get an infection. As a Certified Vet Asst. I can tell you most reasons for not fixing a dog as soon as you can are personal and incorrect. The only reason not to spay or neuter a pet is so you can breed them, if you are a breeder or want to share with a friend. Being spayed or neutered not only helps with temperament it also helps with wandering and a host of health issues. It is actually safer to spay or neuter an animal than it is to let them be "natural" or wait to have a litter. A dog can actually be fixed around 4 months but most vets will wait until 6 or 8 months, depending on the breed. By that time, your dog should be very familiar with the vet so ask your vet what is best for your dog. Only you and your vet can make that decision.
• United States
14 Aug 08
money is my reason or my husband would have already had it done. lol. i want puppies one time first but i didnt know if it would screw her insides up. thank you for your insight and professional opinion. Cyndi
• United States
15 Aug 08
Often times, your local Humane Society or Pound actually has low cost spay/neuter days. Try there. Or let her have babies because you want to, knowing it will not hurt her or mess her insides up. About the only permanent thing is her teats will forever hang lower after shes had babies, some breeds more than others. Some people spay their female dogs as soon as possible to avoid the "monthly" and having to put diapers on them, etc. Again, something to discuss with your vet.
@snowy22315 (100128)
• United States
14 Aug 08
The only possbile reason not to get your dog spayed or neutered is if he or she is a purebred and you want to breed them. Other wise it is your responsiblility to have your dog neutered. You do not want to contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. Plus you will have a healthier and happier dog.
• United States
14 Aug 08
shes not purebred but she looks it and is mistaken for a purebred all the time. im not in it for the money anyway. i just dont know when to do it because of health problems i've heard of. have you ever heard of health problems arising from getting a dog fixed before letting her have puppies. obviously i dont want to contribute to the pet population if i dont have to.