Why did you alter your dog?

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by stardogs, Feb 8, 2014.

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Why did you spay or neuter?

  1. Spayed - required by rescue/breeder

    26 vote(s)
    29.2%
  2. Spayed - to protect their health

    11 vote(s)
    12.4%
  3. Spayed - to modify behavior

    4 vote(s)
    4.5%
  4. Spayed - for birth control

    23 vote(s)
    25.8%
  5. Other (please explain in comments)

    17 vote(s)
    19.1%
  6. Neutered - required by rescue/breeder

    27 vote(s)
    30.3%
  7. Neutered - to protect their health

    4 vote(s)
    4.5%
  8. Neutered - to modify behavior

    16 vote(s)
    18.0%
  9. Neutered - for birth control

    18 vote(s)
    20.2%
  10. chocolate orange!

    11 vote(s)
    12.4%
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  1. Saeleofu

    Saeleofu Active Member

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    Gavroche was neutered before I got him.

    Logan will not be neutered, and if his breeder ever requires me to sterilize him (unlikely), I'll probably opt for vasectomy.

    Most of the people I know IRL neuter because "Ewww, balls are gross!" :wall:
     
  2. yv0nne

    yv0nne Vizsla mom

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    Honestly? Penny was spayed because I didn't want to deal with heat. I know, I suck at being a cool dog owner.
     
  3. elegy

    elegy overdogged

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    Luce came spayed from the shelter. She was a year-ish old.

    Steve was neutered at 19 months because he was cryptorchid and because he and Mushroom were having pissing wars in my house.

    Hambone was neutered at.... I guess he's somewhere around a year and a half? because he was marking everywhere in my house and I just couldn't deal.

    Bean is intact and will remain so until he gives me reason to neuter him. He's the most socially appropriate dog I own, and he's the one with the testosterone. Go figure.
     
  4. sassafras

    sassafras mushinois

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    Pip and Maisy were altered before I got them. Squash had a neuter clause in his contract. I might have been able to get out of if I'd felt really strongly about it, but I didn't.
     
  5. Catsi

    Catsi New Member

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    Gremlins
     
  6. Catsi

    Catsi New Member

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    Both of mine were spayed at 6 months...

    I'll admit to being very spooked by keeping an entire female - my childhood dog died from complications arising from cancer of the uterus. She had been entire her whole life and never had a litter. She was a purebred GSP and my parents had intended to breed from her if the right male came up (yes, we could've been BYBs) but as it happened they never went through with there plans for a number of reasons, namely they didn't want the responsibility of a litter. Unfortunately, she died because we never had her altered. :-(

    My family was devastated and didn't want a repeat of that experience, so we had Grace desexed at 6 months. Abby was done at 7 months actually.

    In the future, I would leave altering a dog until they were fully grown and I would not alter a male unless I had a good reason.
     
  7. Beanie

    Beanie Clicker Cult Coordinator

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    Georgie is not spayed yet but I'm hoping we'll be able to do it soon. Honestly it's just annoying to deal with, and when you've got an agility dog, if she's in season, she can't compete, so... double annoying.

    Pepper isn't spayed and I don't get to make the call on that one. If it were up to me she would be spayed, because I don't want to breed her, but her co-owner might so in it all stays. Again, it's annoying to deal with. Also Payton is really obnoxious around her when she's in season so it would make my life way easier. Luckily she's not an agility dog so I don't have to worry about missing trials and all that, but still. Annoying.

    Auggie was neutered because he was on a contract to be neutered and also because he was cryptorchid.

    P still has balls.
     
  8. SizzleDog

    SizzleDog Lord Cynical

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    Kaylee - spayed at 5 yrs old for convenience. Seasons got in the way of lure coursing events and training. I hated taking 2 months off every year.

    Talla - spayed at 2 yrs old because she got terrible false pregnancies all the tie.

    Poison - will probably spay her after she's finished and has had a litter or two (pending health testing and titles, yadda yadda yadda) for the same reasons I spayed Kaylee.

    Tabby - not neutering the dude!
     
  9. Finkie_Mom

    Finkie_Mom It's A Red Dog Revolution

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    Kimma was spayed at 6 months because that's what I thought you were supposed to do (so like Linds said). I regret it every day because we do so much in agility and she obviously wasn't done growing when I had her spayed. Though I will say that not having to worry about her being in season for a training class/trial has been great.

    The others are all intact.
     
  10. Shai

    Shai & the Muttly Crew

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    Kim
    What actually happened: Spayed at ~6 months, because the veterinarian said so.
    What I wished happened: Spayed, but later

    Webster
    What actually happened:-- Neutered, because he was going under for other things anyway and was already fully grown and it seems like the right thing to do.
    What I wished happened: I'm fine with this. If zeutering had been available at the time, that probably would have been ideal.

    Mira
    N/A - Intact
     
  11. meepitsmeagan

    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    Not to go OT, but is Jayne still with you?!
     
  12. speedydogs

    speedydogs Allons-y!

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    Cricket was spayed at 5 years old for convenience - she had already had two litters and we had no further plans to breed her. Heat cycles got in the way of shows and trials, and she's also living with her intact son, so it's easier to not have to worry about that. She had to go under anyway for her tail amputation, so it made sense to spay her then as well.

    Journey is intact and will probably be spayed sometime in the future, for similar reasons, but we'd like to breed her once or twice before that happens.

    Newton is intact and we have no intentions of neutering him.
     
  13. *blackrose

    *blackrose "I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"

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    If I ever have a breeder bought female dog and get to choose when to alter, honestly, I'd do it after the first heat or two. No way would I want to deal with having an intact female all of the time. I wouldn't mind a few heats...but no way all of the time. That, and pyo.

    And if I were ever to have an intact female that I was allowing to mature before spaying, any male I'd have in the house would be getting neutered asap. No way in hell do I want to deal with female in heat and intact boy in the same house.
     
  14. PlottMom

    PlottMom The Littlest Hound

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    Daisy was spayed around 4y due to a pyo, so to protect her health. This was before I got her, and a lot of decisions not in her best interest were made...

    Liz I had spayed 8y for health AND behavioral issues. She was having awful false pregnancies and I had finally decided I wasn't set on breeding her. She also got really nasty and cost me a lot of money in repairs to Daisy's face when she got bitchy during her heats & false pregnancies.
     
  15. ruffiangirl

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    Diesel came neutered, Gage was done because I had an unaltered female Shiba Inu and that would have been very very bad. While I trust myself I don't live alone. And he was becoming very hard to deal with, which was compounded when Ruffian went into heat. And Bristol was spayed for my convenience, I spend 15 years with an unspayed bitch and I didn't want to do it again.
     
  16. JacksonsMom

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    Dog balls ARE gross :rofl1: at least the ones I can see clearly anyway
     
  17. Paviche

    Paviche Duuuuude.

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    I kind of agree with this when they're like... huge and swinging. I wouldn't neuter just because I think it's gross, of course :lol-sign: But some can be kind of unsightly!

    edit: To be fair it's also at least partially because I've spent little to no time around intact dogs, so it still just looks weird to me. I'm sure that'll lessen with time.
     
  18. sillysally

    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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    Both dogs were basically altered for birth control. I just didn't want to have to worry about an oops litter.

    Any breeder dogs I get will be allowed to fully mature if male and I'll probably wait after the first heat if it's a female.

    Honestly, if a person's biggest concern when it comes to owning an intact male dog is that balls are gross, then it's probably better for everyone if the dog is altered anyway-lol!
     
  19. Saeleofu

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    Um, I want a Poison baby. Srsly.
     
  20. momto8

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    Mine were done for birth control/convience. My 2 younger ones are intact and will for awhile
     

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