Hello,

4 year old Black Lab, 88lbs at last weigh in. She had a litter of 8 around 1.5 years old (2.5 years ago).

I've read a few articles on the pro's and con's of spaying. One Example: http://www.thelabradorsite.com/shoul...pros-and-cons/

So, for me... I wouldn't do it at all except for one potential issue. Pyometra. Aside from this, the only reason to do it... so she doesn't get pregnant while socializing. Basically from being in "silent heat."

If the stats are correct, my dog has long since surpassed the benefits relating to mammary tumors. Spaying after second season is at 8%, while everything beyond that yields as high as 25-26%. So, no fixing that now.

We are moving out of state. We thought about spaying her before we leave so she can recoup in a familiar place. Vet said 10-14 days recovery, that is right at out departure window. I'd need her in tomorrow.

So, what are your thoughts?

Also, Vet said dog must stay over 1 night... dog hates being separated from us, as its only happened once. Is this normal procedure?

Thank you!!