|Barked: Thu Aug 26, '10 6:09am PST |
|Well - how responsible can you be with her reproductive activity?
Can you ensure that she will never be around an intact male dog while she's in heat (meaning, the weeks prior to and after the estrous cycle)?
Can you be sure she will never get away from you to roam?
Can you be diligent with her health? Certain things spayed females are except from are ovary/uterus issues like pyometra, etc.
If you can be honest with yourself and answer the above questions "yes", then I think she has every right to remain intact.
I hear this all. the. time. "if you aren't showing your dog, then spay her". Bunk!
Hormones provided only through the reproductive organs are a necessity to their health, growth, and social maturity. Its why I strive to keep most of my dogs intact until at least 8months - 2years where appropriate for the dog. Even rescues - they should be allowed to mature as well as the next dog.
Its the responsibility of the human that is always in error when it comes to a dog's reproductive status and the decisions therein.
Be honest with yourself, talk to your vet (or trusted dog health professional) and make an informed decision.
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