If you plan to have your female Dachshund spayed, it is recommended to wait until they reach a certain growth stage to prevent future health risks and developmental issues.
Here’s the Best Time to Spay Your Dachshund and why you should wait to spay your Dachshund.
When Should a Dachshund Be Spayed?
The best age to spay a Dachshund is actually going to depend on when she has her first heat. It is recommended to get your female Dachshund spayed a couple of weeks after her first heat is done and before the second heat occurs.
A female Dachshund can have their first heat anytime between 6-14 months old.
My mini Dachshund, Gretta, experienced her first heat cycle at 9 months old. We had her spayed when she was 12 months old.
Fact: “Dogs that were neutered — castrated or spayed under a year of age — developed joint disorders that were four times more prevalent than dogs that weren’t neutered under a year of age.” –Dr. Mike Hutchinson, of Animal General Hospital
Why You Should Wait to Spay Your Dachshund
The following issues have been associated with spaying a Dachshund too early: Developmental Issues, Higher Risk of IVDD, Hip Dysplasia, Prone to Disease, and Separation Anxiety Issues.
Bone growth abnormalities have been found in doxies that were spayed at an early age. Experts have noticed that Dachshunds have much taller legs if they are fixed before going through their first heat.
Removing a Dachshund puppy’s hormones before they are fully developed keeps their bone growth plates open longer than usual. This causes the leg bones to grow longer than they should.
This extra bone growth not only causes a Dachshund to be taller but can also lead to ligament tears and joint disease.
Higher Risk Of IVDD
25% of all Dachshunds are unfortunately cursed with the spinal disease called IVDD.
Bone growth abnormalities, like extra long legs, were found in Dachshunds who were desexed before their first heat, putting them at a much higher risk for IVDD.
Waiting to get your Dachshund spayed after their first heat will reduce the risk of development issues and health risks.
Disclaimer: The information above is from my own experience with my Dachshund’s vet. I understand that other veterinarians will have other opinions and methods. Please consult your own vet for more information. Please understand that getting your Dachshund spayed at the correct age/time does not mean it will make them Disease Free or IVDD Free.