So now we are one week into Lettie’s first heat. She is almost 13 months old. When she was a pup she had issues with a recessed vulva and multiple UTIs. It has been suggested to me to wait for her second heat so that maybe her vulva will “pop out” a bit more. I’m not too worried about that (could be wrong) because we haven’t had an issue with UTIs since she was a pup. She may have outgrown that, and I think she does a better job at cleaning herself. So, what other benefits are there to waiting longer? Or are there any benefits to spaying after the first heat? Also, we are considering having the Gastropexy procedure done at the time of spay. We haven’t decided yet on that one. Does anyone have opinions on that?