First off, I will say that I prefer to wait until they are closer to a year old for spay/neuter (taking into account exceptions due to health issues of course, and each individual dog). I got a new pup last month, she is now 3 months old, but she was spayed extremely young, at just 8 weeks.

I recently lost my beloved Cavalier Bentley to CHF and Cushings on September 19th, I am still upset and heartbroken, Bentley was my whole world and we had a such a close bond, I had never known such a loving and devoted dog. Some wonderful friends got me in touch with someone who had half Cavalier puppies (the other half is Poodle/Yorkie, the puppies were an "oops" litter as a result of Mom getting loose while at someone's house and meeting up with the dog next door, the owner raised all the puppies and found all of them very good homes). I saw Maddie (my new puppy) and it was love. She is such a good girl, catches on so quickly, is very calm and settled in so well it was as if she was born here. But, due to her very early spay, at the tender age of just 8 weeks, I am rather concerned about her growth as a result, and I am wondering also about urinary incontinence, she does piddle quite often. I put puppy pads down for her, I am not worried about messes on my carpet, but I am concerned about incontinence and any other health issues/growth issues as a result of spaying so young. Anyone have any thoughts or information on this?

Here is my new baby girl...