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can i fix my dog while she is in heat ...

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can i fix my dog while she is in heat?

Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Vet help replied 11 years ago.
Most veterinarians do not like to spay a dog while she is in heat because the blood vessels tend to be larger and the uterus somewhat more friable (prone to tearing). The risk of complications is higher, so most of us opt to wait until they have been out of heat for at least one month. Exceptions may be made with small and toy breeds (say less than 15 pounds), as even when enlarged they are still fairly small.