I've another question for all you experts
Actually, two if you don't mind!
My dog is 7 months,and I was going to wait until after her first heat to get her spayed (advice from another board - something about needing the first heat to fully mature and have growth plates grow over). But, when I stopped at the vet today, the receptist looked a little bit taken back by that. She suggested that I talk it over with the vet but was in favour of getting it done before her first heat. What have you guys done with your dogs? Do you know if it a lot more expensive, and are the health benefits to either decision?
My second question involves deworming. I was a bit freaked over the weekend because I thought I saw something in her poop. So I gave her an OTC medicine from a pet store. But now it is time for her regularly scheduled heartworm (which, as it turns out, I don't need because we don't get that up here . . . but I still do need something for fleas). So I have senital, but I am hesitate to give it for fear that the OTC stuff might still be in her system and I don't want to overdose her. I should have just waited over the weekend until I picked up the good stuff from the vet, but I got parinoid and decided to use what I could get at the time.
But, in generally, I'd rather rely on the vet's medicine as I have read that the petstore stuff doesn't always work great. Any suggestions? Should I wait for 10 days and then give the senital? I'm nervous with waiting that long with no flea protection . . . . I'm definitely open to hearing what you guys suggest!
As you can tell, this is my first dog and I have silly questions tonight, but I want to make sure that I'm doing everything OK!