Spaying your dog too early can result in health problems later on since her hormones should have some time to work.
Early spaying can increase the risk of hip dysplasia, torn ligaments, bone cancer, and urinary incontinence.
What age should a female dog be spayed?
When It’s Time To Spay Your Dog
Most female dogs can be spayed any time after eight weeks of age, and preferably before their first heat for the best health benefits. The first heat cycle occurs somewhere around six to seven months of age, depending on the breed.
Is 8 weeks too early to spay a puppy?
Generally, it is safe to spay or neuter most kittens and puppies at 8 weeks of age. However, be sure to check with your veterinarian and have your pet evaluated before scheduling spay or neuter surgery.
Should you let your dog go into heat before spaying?
Q: Should I let my dog have a heat before I spay her? A: Medically, it’s better to spay your dog before her first heat. It greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors. People who wait to spay their dogs until after their second heat greatly increase the risk of mammary tumors in their pets.
Is 6 months too early to spay a dog?
Spaying or neutering a dog or cat less then 6 months of age is no longer recommended. It is very unwise to spay or neuter them before 16 weeks of age.