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Adopting An Adult Aussie

by jcrply
(Fort Myers, FL)

I have an 18 month old Aussie whom I raised from a pup. For the past few months I have been thinking about adding a second dog. I've been debating getting an adult Aussie versus raising another puppy. An Aussie breeder (Heavensent Aussies) has a two year old female that she will not be breeding again after the litter that she just whelped (first and only litter). She will let me have the dog with the condition that I have her spayed.

My question is this: what is the recommended time to wait after a litter is born before having the mother spayed? I don't want to do it too soon nor do I want to be too close to the next heat cycle. Or is it better to wait for one more heat to be sure of the timing? I will ask my veterinarian, but I also value the recommendations of other Aussie owners. I have read conflicting recommendations online. Thanks! (any comments on puppy versus adult would be appreciated also.)

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spay adoption
by: kim

My vet recommends that you wait a minimum of 30 days AFTER the time the puppies are weaned to spay. This gives the milk glands time to shrink back down and the body to recover and be strong enough to tolerate surgery.

Heaven Sent Aussies
by: Anonymous

I have an Aussie from Heaven Sent and she is exactly that. Her name is Spice and she is a tri-red. She is nine years old and adapted well to my black-tri who was one month older than her. I would recommend this breeder with my whole heart.

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