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    I've been thinking of adopting a Lab mix puppy. Assuming the puppy will be a medium to large dog, I'm concerned about early spay/neuter. I have read that this can have an adverse effect on various things, like bone growth. I have also heard that females tend to get bladder infections.
    However, I don't believe there is any way to adopt a dog without having the procedure done first. I understand why this is the case, from one perspective but from a health standpoint, it's not necessarily in the best interset of the dog. I'm concerned that about getting a puppy that may be preisposed to hip dysplasia later in life. Obdiously, I could buy a purebred Lab but I would like to know if anybody has any input on the early spay/neuter issue.

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    MANNNNY (most) dogs are fixed at 6 months or earlier and live long happy healthy lives. Sure there are some potential (small) risks with early spay-neuter but they are small. Don't worry about it.

    And I don't think there is any research proving it relates in any way to HD. Genetics and age appropriate exercise would play a MUCH MUCH bigger role than age they are fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dryfo View Post
    And I don't think there is any research proving it relates in any way to HD. Genetics and age appropriate exercise would play a MUCH MUCH bigger role than age they are fixed.
    Do you have any scientific evidence for this claim?

    OP, if you are indeed concerned about early spay/neuter and specifically dysplasia, I'd strongly advise you start searching for a reputable breeder. It's nice to adopt a dog, but you never know anything about their genes.

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    you can google for research on HD in dogs. i don't keep them handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dryfo View Post
    you can google for research on HD in dogs. i don't keep them handy.
    Actually there is a lot of evidence that early spay/neuter affects joint development in dogs. My question was rhetoric.

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