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