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Old 02-01-2013, 02:49 PM
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I've often wondered about this but never remember to ask when I'm around someone who would know. 0:

I'm sure someone here can clue me in. (:
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:03 PM
Location: zone 5
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You often can't. That's why vets working with shelters often tattoo the dogs. You MAY be able to see a scar on the lower abdomen, or a vet MAY be able to feel if the uterus is present or not, but not necessarily.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:58 AM
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Our pup's scar was higher up that normal because she had an umbilical hernia. It was right in the center of her abdomen, masked by hair that was growing back. I guess this isn't all that unusual.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:10 AM
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There is always the long wait to see if she comes in heat.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:19 PM
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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With my first dog that I adpoted at age 4 back in the early 1980's the shelter did not know if she was spayed or not so I took her to a low cost spay clinic and they opened her up to discover yes she had been sayed. so she had to go through that for nothing but they only charged me a fraction of the already low cost. There was no visable scar on her. I do not know if they can now tell by using an ultrasound or not but unless you see a scar or they have the tatto that is used often now you will not know until they go into heat if they are not spayed.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:09 AM
Location: Northern MN
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Has she gone into season, spotting every 8-9months?
If no, then she is probably spayed,
looking for a scar could be a good indicator also.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:56 AM
Location: North Idaho
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My vet uses stainless steel sutures on the interior and they show up on X-ray as a couple of shiny little knots.

Some vets will tattoo a little dot on the belly.

Other than that, a spay scar is difficult to find. Many times the incision is only about 1 inch long and it is on the midline, which already looks a bit like a long seam.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:25 PM
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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I went through this when Roxie joined our household..... she was estimated to be 9-10 months old, but no spay scar was visible..... I debated what to do for a couple of weeks and finally just took her in for a spay..... I considered waiting to see if she would go into heat, but the thought of that.... along with all of the boy dogs in the neighborhood hanging around.... <<shudder>> .... especially with Dave being as dog fearful as he is....

turns out she was NOT spayed, so I gambled correctly.....
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:22 AM
Location: West Virginia
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My vet thought LadyBug was spayed since she wasnt in heat by 1 yr. I was Iffy cause I dont think the breeder even bothered with a vet & she came to me without shots. At 18 months she had her 1st heat! Now waiting her 2nd LOL She will be 2yrs old 19th of Feb.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:08 AM
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You often cannot tell when a female dog has been spayed. I wonder sometimes about these people that sell or give away their dogs on sites like Craigslist. Lots of times they say the dog is spayed and often ask more for it because of that. I wonder how many people are buying a dog that maybe has had zero shots and isn't spayed.

It isn't good to wait until they go into heat because they could get pregnant. The vets often charge more to spay when a dog is in heat, and spaying after they have already gotten pregnant is not only more costly, but more dangerous for the dog as well. Add to that every male dog around camping on your doorstep. I knew this guy who had a dog that went into heat. He was really good about keeping her indoors all the time. He had a place set up for her in the basement. He came home from work one day and when he went downstairs he is greeted by some dog he has never seen before. Turns out the basement had one small window and this dog actually broke the glass and got in and mated with her.
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