♣ Laura ♣
Hmmm... a worrisom study. Oh well, we will know better for next time.
Dio (Best Bud since July 18th, 2009)
Kaity (Sweetheart since April 29th, 2012)
Laura - how do you feel about not neuteung at all? I am seriously considering not neutering Maxx. I feel I am responsible enough to keep him safe and his breeder does not have have a problem with this this as long as I am responsible and don't breed. Are there benefits to not neutering at all?
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Samson was entire until his 11th or 12th year and I had no problems with him whatsoever !
My friends 10 year old is also entire - again without any problems.
Samson was only neutered on vet's advice stated as cancer risk.
I will think twice in future even though both of mine were neutered at about 18 months !!
Abbey was "fixed" before 6 months and had double ACL surgery at 6 years old. That is definitely and interesting study. I don't think we will be altering Mo until after his 6 month birthday. Thanks for posting that article.
Very interesting article .............
Bella was a rescue from the south and was spayed
around 8-10 weeks.
She just had TTA one month ago at age 5 ..........
might print this out for the surgeon ...........
we should take a poll of the board !
My Abbey was spayed around 6 months per the shelter's requirement. She hasn't had any orthopedic or health issues other than having soft teeth.
Kolby was neutered right before I got him from the rescue at about 4-6yrs old. Also no orthopedic issues, just lots of allergies!
Interesting article and posts.. definitely worth noting!!
I think that the theories in the article are simply logical. If early neuter changes the length of limbs (which even a novice can see with bare eyes) then angles will be affected. Anytime excess stress is put on any kind of structure, you will have more failure of the structure.
I think people just don't think about the role of hormones in development until articles and threads like this get discussed. I never did. I always bought into neutering by 6 months and thought that was perfectly OK. I know people who actually work at vet practices who don't know about the downside and neuter their animals early too.
I'll never neuter before physical maturity again and may not ever neuter my males unless I have a good reason.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Okay I am confused....we tell people they should get there dogs nurtured but now we are telling them not to???? I will wait till after the hit maturity but will always neuter my dogs. I am just curious as to what this article is really saying. Is it Don't get your dogs fixed or wait till they hit maturity?
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.