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question about spaying and weight?

Postby Gracie » Tue May 20, 2008 10:41 am

I just had my dog spayed about 3 week ago and ive had just heard that it could cause my dog not to gain any weight, is this true, she is only 10 months old and weigh 38 pounds, im just hoping she will fill out and develop more muscle. ohh and she was also the runt of the litter if that matters.

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Postby OlympianAB » Tue May 20, 2008 11:03 am

your dog will only gain weight if you over feed and let her be lazy lazy.

My girl was spayed at 12weeks..and she's about 30lbs at 3 1/2 years of age..

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Postby amelie » Tue May 20, 2008 3:03 pm

we have not had any problems with weight with any of our fixed dogs. we have 4 APBT's and a bunch of sled dogs. most of our sled dogs are fixed (makes life so much easier when winter camping with 16 dogs) our spayed females get just as much muscle tone when we condition them as the unspayed girls, they do eat a little less food which is nice. my ex's APBT girl was spayed right at her first heat and she is a bundle of muscle. just feed her a good quality diet, exersize her and have fun with her.

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Postby sarallyn » Tue May 20, 2008 3:10 pm

she'll gain muscle mass if you work her.
just excercise her like any other dog. spaying doesn't make a difference.

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Postby ZiggysMom » Tue May 20, 2008 3:31 pm

Most of the studies done show that too much weight is a bigger problem. This is because having a uterus and hormones and heat cycles uses energy, so spayed females actually have lower daily calorie requirements than unspayed. This means that if you feed them the same amount as an intact female and don't exercise (like a lot of dogs in this country), they'll get more flab than an otherwise identically treated intact female. Of course, if you feed them their actual calorie requirements and keep up on exercise, there's no problem.

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Postby KadillacGrrl » Tue May 20, 2008 3:32 pm

There are two trains of thought about spaying/neutering.

Most common is the dog will get fat.

Your question is #2, that they will be stunted somehow.

As far as #1, food intake and exercise play the biggest part in weight gain/increase.

As far as your question, dogs can grow taller and have a leaner appearance on EARLY spay/neuters. 10 mos. old is when they reach their height, so you're probably safe there. To gain muscle, that all depends on her genetics and exercise.

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Postby sarallyn » Tue May 20, 2008 3:50 pm

KadillacGrrl wrote:
As far as your question, dogs can grow taller and have a leaner appearance on EARLY spay/neuters. .


Really? I'd like to see some studies done on this. It'd be interesting to know.

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Postby Gracie » Tue May 20, 2008 4:03 pm

ive had really notice she has been eating alot less after being spayed. thanks on some of the info though, im going to change her food to blue buffalo and try to give more exercise.

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Postby KadillacGrrl » Tue May 20, 2008 5:58 pm

sarallyn wrote:
KadillacGrrl wrote:
As far as your question, dogs can grow taller and have a leaner appearance on EARLY spay/neuters. .


Really? I'd like to see some studies done on this. It'd be interesting to know.


There have been tons of discussions and posts, with links here... just do a search :)

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Postby sarallyn » Tue May 20, 2008 7:01 pm



Interesting to know! Thanks for the sites.

"leading to a statistically significant but not overtly obvious increase in height."

That's also good to know that it's not obvious.


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