When is the proper time to get my female pug fixed?

I have had 2 female pugs now... one is only 4 months old... the other has come and gone but when she was around our vet said to get her fixed right after the first heat she has, so she was.... but now i hear form my new vet to get the new girl fixed before her first heat. so i've decided to look it up and i keep getting mixed answers. i didn't realize that this for some strange reason isn't a strait forward question. does someone know when would be the best time for a female pug to be fixed? thanks


RosienMikeysMom (over 7 years ago)

from my experience with dogs, usually around 5-6 months old before their first heat, that's what i have always heard and have always done

KonaBEAN (over 7 years ago)

i had my little girl fixed at 5.5 months before her first heat and she did great. We were told to do this to prevent any type of ovarian cancer and the best way was before the first heat. At this time we also had her nose done (nares widened since they were stenotic, Im very happy we had this done she breathes so much better) and they also checked her soft palate which was elongated (and trimmed it back) She definitely had to wear the cone a little longer due to the extra surgeries but it was worth it. Im in Ohio and it cost approx $480 for all three surgeries. I know pugs dont do well with anesthesia so if as much needs done under the anesthesia once, do it! Hope this helps.

JanandSass (over 7 years ago)

Although we didn't get our pug until she was over a year old, we had her neutered ASAP!  But with my other dogs, usually between 5 to 8 months. 

celnikyas (over 7 years ago)

I'm having my little girl fixed at about 6 months before her first heat. My vet says that it's the best time to do it as at this time cancer is prevented and  everything is smaller and tidier and the puppy is back to her old self much quicker.

Lihuesue (over 7 years ago)

Wow!!  $480 for all of that?  I had my female spayed about 6 months, before her 1st heat. 

She is now 9 years old.  She needed her palate trimmed, everted saccules removed and had her naries done too.  This was just this past April and the fee was $2609!  Her spay from what I can remember was about $200.  She her surgery on her palate done by a board certified surgeon that specialized in soft tissue.

We had taken her to another surgeon (not board certified) and she would have trimmed her palate for $800, but she would not remove the everted saccules and my lil girl would have had to see another surgeon and go under for a 2nd time.  The surgeon that did her surgery used a laser (which the other one didn't have).  I think the laser made it so much easier on my lil girl, she healed quicker too.

I would ask the vet to check her palate while she's under to see if it is ok or is it starting to cover her airway. 

I think she would be ok to spay now.

elgor (over 7 years ago)

My vet also suggested that we have Zoe spayed early to prevent ovarian cancer. She was 20 weeks old at the time. The hardest part was keeping her calm after the surgery ... she wanted to do the Pugtona (run around in circles) the day after we brought her home - silly girl!

Kricket10 (over 7 years ago)

Oh I don't care about price for my little puggy girl..... they're so worth every penny!! Ok great!!!! thanks so much for all the info!! looks like I'm going to have to make an appointment for her very soon Oh and thanks about the advice on the laser for her nose because the vet said she has such small nostrils that it would be beneficial to have those done too. haha, the pugtona!! that's great!!!! i know exactly what you're talking about

KatB (over 7 years ago)

I have always been told by my Vets, before their first heat. Reason is that less chances of developing breast tumors later on. Your small breeds usually go into season around 5-6 mo. Now I have also been hearing that by waiting til after the 1st season, that a dog develops structure and body development is way better, but most I have heard this from are in show. I don't have any evidence that that is true. I would rather not risk my females getting breast cancer, or any unwanted pregnancy's. I have had dogs in season and if you are not ready for it or understand it fully, you will have a mess on your hands.    P.S. And for those with males, get it done. I laugh everytime I hear a student of a male dog say, "I don't want to take his manhood away". HAHA!   I am telling you, he won't miss them at all. And he will be a better man dog then before.

Jody (over 7 years ago)

I just had my female spayed 2 days before she turned 6 months. (Sept. 21/10) the stitches were inside so no need for a cone on her head unless she licked the site. No problems at all. Hard to keep her calm for the next week givin we have another dog but we did it and 10 days later she was back to normal activities.

KatB (over 7 years ago)

I would like to add to what jody was saying about keepin a dog calm. I found after having to have Jiminy crated for weeks and weeks after he was hurt. That it is important if you can to keep you dogs use to crating or cages. A little practice run is great. You never know when an injury may need you to keep your pugger quiet and calm. I use to take Jiminy from room to room with me so he wouldn't get lonely. I foster so I always had extra cages and crates. I know most of you probably just have one. Or move the crate/cage to a room that has a window view. These things really help when you need them quiet.

Kricket10 (over 7 years ago)

thanks everyone. kricket now has her appointment set on nov 2 to get fixed and to have her nose done. i think the biggest trick will be keeping her calm since she's such a firecracker!! haha.... thanks for the crate advice.... that'll be a good one.