Caution when Spay or neutering your dog!

We were told a few weeks ago by a champion breeder that it can be harmful to spay or neuter your dog before they are a year old. I don't know if its really serious though. 


We asked the vets why this was and they said that it will cause their bones to not fully develop. So they will be thinner than normal. (again I dont know how serious the vet said it doesn't usually cause problems)


Though plenty of dogs get this done before they are a year old and they are fine, know that it can cause weaker bones. And weaker bones means a higher possibility of breaking them.


 

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 9:40 am
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DreaminBride
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hmmm.. Kind of a catch 22 cause you can reducethe risks of certain illnesses if you spay/neuter before their first heat.  After the first they are still at a low risk ot themore you wait the greater the risk.  That's what my 2 vet friends told me. 


It;s so hard to make decisions for our pets.  I can't imagine what it will be like with kids!!!  Oh noooo...little people!

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm
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I think it might be worth it for female dogs. They have more complicated parts. But I am definitely going to wait for my male dogs now.


 

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm
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ummmm...I would never listen to a breeder they will give you a line of bs so long you'll never find the end. I've worked for vets for a very long time and they always recommend spaying or neutering as early as possible. Serisouly, though vets go to school for 8+ years then do years of internships and have to go to conferences and continuing education throughout their careers I would trust them before you trust a breeder.

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm
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Well this is what our vets told us actually. We asked about it for confirmation since our dog broke his leg, they suggested we don't neuter him until he is 12 months old.


I don't know how serious of a thing it is but we decided not to take any chances with our animals.

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm
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I have always been told to do it when they are young because it's less painful. I never heard about it making the bones weak. Our mutt (terrier mix) was neuter before we got him at 11 weeks and he a big healthy happy dog, he weighs 60 pounds and knock on wood hasn't had any issues. We do feed him really good food that is for large breed dogs, maybe that helps? He was also the largest in his litter, he was double the size of his brothers.
Posted on January 30, 2010 at 2:50 am
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My Great Uncle is a breeder, a very responsible show award winning breeder of staffordshire bull terriers... while I haven't asked him if it is true, I do know that he insists of spay/neutering with non-professional owners.  Nobody wants unwanted litters ending up in the pound. If you are really worried, talk to other vets in your area about the issue. 

Posted on January 31, 2010 at 10:42 am
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We Spoke to our vets about this already! I mentioned that above. 


They didn't seem too worried but they did say that it changes bone growth. I don't think you have anything to worry about unless you have a puppy who has broken bones ( LIKE US) so we are taking precaution.

Posted on January 31, 2010 at 12:59 pm

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