LisaBC wrote:Thanks Billymut but be it a no brainer or not it isnt as easy as that once you know the dog im talking about, she has very bad nerves, fear aggression and also suffers from bad allergies, in the past every time it has been right to do it she has been on steriods anyway so it has been no go even if we wanted to.
She is totally stressed at the vets and needs careful handling by one vet, who is the only person there that can get near her, so its not a straight forwards as 'lets get her done' and I also wanted to do was right for her rather than what is easiest but yes I am thinking the time may be right.
I am sorry that Poppy has so many problems and I'm very glad that she has found such a compassionate and understanding human to share her life with.
I would think though, that with all those problems she wouldn't need the additional stress of having hormones running through her body and having to deal with seasons - which must be stressful too. Even if her season in itself isn't stressful to her, as it's perfectly natural, your male's behaviour and the whole business of keeping them separated for weeks surely has got an impact as well? Spaying would be a one off experience at the vet's, specially if they use soluble stitches on the outside as well.
If it really isn't an option for Poppy, how about getting your boy done? Will at least save you having to deal with his behaviour in the house when Poppy's in season, and outside should there be another female in season being walked or - god forbid! - walking about on her own.
I used to be much in favour of 'leaving dogs naturally', until a dog walker we had at the time told me she thought it was unfair to leave a dog dealing with the stress of their hormones going rampant if they're not allowed to do anything with them anyway? That struck a cord with me, and both for that reason and my total horror at so many "surplus" dogs in this country (and everywhere else, I should add), I've since and always, advocate getting your dogs 'done'.
My girl Kiera is incontinent, possibly due to having been spayed, but she's on 'Hold It!' herbs from CSJ which work a treat! It's not changed my mind about spaying/neutering at all and I will have any dog 'done' who ends up living with me.