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I read the article "your dog  needs to be neutered or spayed- right", and I undestand the basic conclusion if you can keep the bitch away  from other dogs, etc., etc. , twice a year & have her wear diapers then etc., it is better not to spay.

But between myself & my wife & my vet I am determined to spay. The only question I have is:

Should I spay BEFORE or AFTER the 1st heat? My vets (it is a multi-vet practice) all encourage spaying before 1st heat. They site niumerous health advantages to spaying early. But I tend to agree that not spaying is best of all. But spaying in our situation is really not an option; the bitch might get loose and come home preagnant & die giving birth to who knows what (she mated with). Etc., Etc., Etc, all the risks of not spaying.

So we have decided definately to spay. The question remains: should we spay before or after 1st heat? Please dont come back with articles or comments that say not to spay. That is not an option. Please respond: Before, or after.

Thank you, Alfred.

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After.

That being said, it still vital to keep your bitch confined and safe from the boys during that first heat.  If you don't think you can do that, spay any time after 6 months.

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After.

 

You'll still want to keep your girl confined and wearing a diaper during her first heat, though. It's true, there are a lot of pros to spaying before the first heat, but there's a higher chance of incontinance if spayed before. 

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As I said in previous post- after, then linked you the article which concluded pref not at all but definitely "after one (or two or three) heat cycles" and that "early spay is the clear loser".