OK, s So I joined the Sheltie forum just so I could maybe start a discussion and find some help to at least put this subject in a bit of perspective. I have an 11-month-old really sweet sheltie, and because of all the controversy I read about Spaying, it has made me so scared to do this to her. I mean the possibility of spay incontinence, the risk or should I say the increased risk of other kinds of cancers other then mammory, uterine and ovarian that are of course eliminated because of cutting out there sex organ.I am so scared of the risk of cardiac tumors that I read about, her coat getting dull and maybe thicker, and a possible skin problems that could arise as a consequence of the spay. Female dogs may get hypothyroidism and then have to go on hormone replacement anyway. I know there are many benefits of spaying, most important to me is that she would never get pyometria. I am definitely not interested in bringing any more puppies into a world that is already so crowded with unwanted puppies. The reason that I am reaching out to people is because it just seems so unnatural to have to do this to her. But I do have to spay her by contract, I have no choice anyway. So that is why I hope I can just start a discussion on this as I say to give me some perspective. I have always gotten my animals spayed/neutered as I thought it was the most responsible thing to do. However these days there is so much new research on it by Vets and scientific research and everything like that, and just so much controversy about this subject I was wondering if anybody out there would be so kind as to tell me their stories of their females being spayed. If they saw any of the problems with the coat changing, their sheltie having weight problems or joint problems that may have been related to spaying or incidence of spay incontenence, that anyone may have seen, or any other comments or discussion that you could have to help me? My sheltie has been through one heat already at 10 months which is supposed to be better to let them at least have their first heat. I will get her spayed when she reaches 14 to 15 months, because I thought it was best to wait until I was sure she was finished growing As far as an answer to my post here I'm hoping that I will get an email to let me know and instructions as to how to read comments on this post as I am pretty new to this and don't really know how to use it . Thank you to anybody who takes the time to read my post and answer me. I really really appreciate it!