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  1. What are the pros/cons to vasectomy/tubal ligation instead of outright spay/neuter?

    Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    I'm very ignorant on this subject, and I just came across the topic while researching "spay coat". I assume that since vasectomy/tubal ligation allows dogs to keep their hormones, it would prevent this, but still be effective for sterilization. What do you think? Is it not done because it's less...
  2. Service dog in training and heat in a dorm

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    As August is fast approaching, I’m starting to think about what we’re going to do at university, since she is my service dog in training. She will be 8 months old a week after classes start, which makes me wonder about her going into heat. I’m debating between an ovary sparing spay and just...
  3. Surviving Recovery after Spay

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi, Everyone. I’m wondering how anyone survives the spay recovery time. Our Khaleesi has her surgery 11 days ago, and she’s been wild since she came home from the vet’s. She is on sedatives (they don’t work), and although we try to keep her quiet, it is impossible. We’ve sat with her, laid with...
  4. Goldendoodle Suture Reaction

    Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    Hello! My pup Roxy was spayed over 2 weeks ago and seems to have a suture reaction suddenly. The vets keep telling me to continue her medicine and wait it out. I have taken her back 3 times and they say the same thing. She has mild swelling and redness as well as a bump (that has gone down a...
  5. Trixie

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    Hello - I have not posted before today and was told that I need to post or possibly be deleted. So, here it goes. Trixie is my 3rd Golden Retriever. She is almost 10 months old. She is very much a puppy. We take daily walks, we attended puppy kindergarten and we have gone to other...
  6. Complex Congenital Cardiac Defect in my Golden

    Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    Hi Everyone, We have a 6-month old Golden Retriever. She was first diagnosed with a Grade 2 heart murmur at 8 weeks. It is now at a Grade 3. She had a cardiologist appointment this week. The ultrasound revealed multiple heart abnormalities. Three of her valves are defective, and her left...
  7. When to Spay

    Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    Hi everyone, my question is when to spay my 6 month old Golden Retriever puppy. I know there are old posts about this but I can't seam to be able to search for them. I take my puppy to doggy daycare when I work and they have told me that they require all dogs to be neutered or spayed by the time...
  8. Spayed and Depression

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Our "Honey" is 9 months old, and was spayed less than a week ago. She was doing fine until Friday night. She got all of her stuffed toys out and began carrying them around, whimpering some, going to her kennel, sniffing, licking and nudging them with her nose. Her appetite has decreased, and...
  9. Incision Look OK?? Pics!

    Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    Our golden pup, Penny, was spayed last Wednesday (Exactly one week ago.) She has been her usual, hyper, friendly self but her incision looks *off* to me and a few friends. It seems a bit red, possibly inflamed. It does not seem to bother her at all. The most attention she has given it is the...
  10. Incision sight leaking - spayed on tuesday

    Golden Retrievers - Main Discussion
    Eleanor got spayed on Tuesday and I've had an awful time finding a way to get her to stop licking her incision. I've tried 3 different cone collars and one of the inflatable one's that is supposed to stop her from moving her neck but her face is too long and the bigger one's won't fit her neck...
  11. Having trouble keeping Bailey calm after spay!

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Bailey was spayed on Wednesday morning and came home around 6pm. She was a little loopy and uncomfortable but fortunately she was able to eat and hold down her pain pill. Thursday morning she was feeling a lot better, and now last night and this morning it is darn near impossible to keep her...
  12. Spaying Do's & Don'ts... HELP!

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi All! I am a new mom to a 5 month old golden Montana. She is 41 pounds, happy and energetic. I am debating when to get her spayed. I've read all over 6 months is a good time because I do not want her to go into her first heat cycle. When is the right time to spay a dog? When is the first...
  13. Spay/Nueter Advice

    Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    Hello everyone! Just last night I dropped off one of my puggles (Antonia) to get spayed. That got me thinking about Maci getting spayed. Our vet had mentioned something about waiting a little bit longer to get them spayed may decrease the risk in some diseases as apparently some tests are being...
  14. Last minute tips

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hey guys, Koda gets spayed on Wednesday..jsut looking for any last minute tips. How long do we wait to take her even on a short walk? How much water should she get the night she comes home? What about food? Do we feed her normally? We got her a soft collar to wear instead of that cone! We...
  15. Sagging belly normal after spay?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    My baby just got spayed this week. Scar redness is going away.... will definitely be a scar :( Is it normal to have a sagging belly after the surgery? Will it go away? Most female dogs I know have a tight belly,.
  16. Spay recovery time??

    Golden Retrievers - Main Discussion
    Sadie is getting spayed next Thursday the 19th. What is the typical recovery time, till she will can be her old self (running, jumping, swimming)? How many weeks before she can swim, run, jump, etc? How long till the inscision on her belly will be fully healed up? Getting more nervous as...
  17. Average cost of Hip X-Rays & Spay questions

    Golden Retriever Health, Anatomy & Breed Standard
    I plan to get Sadie spayed this October. While she is spayed, I was thinking about getting her hips x-rayed and then sending them to OFA. She has been making a clicking noise when she sits down for the past several months. I had her to the vet in December, I think, for a skin problem and he...
  18. Proof That CA Dog MSN Bill Is Murder

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    New Data Shows Slaughterhouse After Los Angeles Spay/Neuter Law LA Shelter Admissions and Euthanasia 11 Times Higher Than State Average, Predict Disaster If SB 250 Becomes State Law by JOHN YATES American Sporting Dog Alliance [email protected]
  19. Heat/delaying spay questions

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Mia was scheduled to be spayed on Monday, but after doing more research today, we're starting to think that we might want to wait until at least she goes through her first heat. We're wondering though what to do with the following things when she's in heat: 1. When we're not at home, Mia is in...
  20. To fix or not to fix...?

    Golden Retriever Puppy (up to 1 year)
    Hi everyone... I've never spayed a dog before, because it was kind of our job to breed them and we had time for it and everything. However, none of us at home would have the time to take all the cares that a litter needs. So... We're thinking of fixing Maya. But I've heard stories, and I...