|Barked: Tue Jun 28, '11 7:29am PST |
|We have numerous Dane friends, and not a one waited til after the first heat to spay. All their girls are fine. So, no, I don't think it'd be horribly detrimental if he's at all concerned about keeping her safe during a heat. I've also heard that the growth plate thing is more of a concern with males, for whatever reason.
However, if it were my girl, I would wait until after the first heat. Not necessarily because of bone growth, but because of the risk of spay incontinence. It's a concern especially with larger breeds, and spaying after the first heat can greatly reduce the risk.
As for the growth plates, I've never found a definitive answer. We switched Tanuk to an adult food early due to digestive issues and neutered him just before a year due to constant sheath infections. So technically we did everything "wrong" on the growth plate front. However, he's in tip top condition, so maybe we lucked out, I don't know. The vets here are not knowledgeable in giant breeds at all, but the local giant population doesn't seem to have suffered from it thankfully.
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