well.. I have just read all the pros and cons about "too young to spay", so thought it relevant to me that I get an opinion (or 2) on teh best time to Neuter.
Hercules is only 4 months old, and I am going to get him neutered. For numerous reasons, mostly being that I would like him to NOT get into habbits that intact dogs get into, and also because I have not intention in breeding with him.
So, what is the general concencus of the "right" age for me to have him done?
Looking forward to hearing some responces
Apollo was neutered at 13 months of age. I was reading the link that labby posted in the other post, and the list of health problems that can occur if neutering a dog before sexual maturity (12-18) months just really shocked me. Here is an excerpt from the article:
On the positive side, neutering male dogs
• eliminates the small risk (probably <1%) of dying from testicular cancer
• reduces the risk of non-cancerous prostate disorders
• reduces the risk of perianal fistulas
• may possibly reduce the risk of diabetes (data inconclusive)
On the negative side, neutering male dogs:
• if done before maturity, increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) by a factor of 3.8; this is a
common cancer in medium/large and larger breeds with a poor prognosis.
• increases the risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 1.6; this is a common cancer and
major cause of death in some breeds
• triples the risk of hypothyroidism
• increases the risk of geriatric cognitive impairment
• triples the risk of obesity, a common health problem in dogs with it the many associated health
problems associated with obesity
• quadruples the small risk (<0.6%) of prostate cancer
• doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract cancers
• increases the risk of orthopedic disorders
• increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations
I would have wanted to wait until Apollo was 18 months before we had him neutered, but the humane society (where he was adopted from) would NOT allow us to adopt apollo unless he was already neutered, so we had to neuter him at 13 months of age. If I were you, I would wait to neuter Hercules until he was atleast over 12 months of age, but this is just my personal OPINION.
Love,<br />Giuli<br /><br />
What bad habits are those? As stated in the spay post, I am not a fan of neutering dogs before they reach maturity. For males, that is at least 14 months.Originally Posted by Leone
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My boys were done at 12 months.
I'd take that over 4 months.Originally Posted by Trickster
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I would have liked to have waited until they were 18 months but their 'sexual' behavior was getting worse and worse to the point where in certain situations they were uncontrollable. I am glad I got it done when I did.I'd take that over 4 months.
I waited till Tris was 13 months:
Bad behaviour: (not every intact male does these, of course)
-humping anything that moves
-obsession with checking out the reproductive status of every girl dog
-lack of attention to the owner, making training difficult
-and the worst (in my opinion) was being challenged and/or attacked on a regular basis by other dogs (neutered or not, male and female) once Tris reached 8-9 months. I rely on off leash areas for exercising my dogs, and it got to the point where Tris could not interact there without being attacked. Tris (now 8) still has issues with large black shaggy dogs after being bitten twice by Portugese Dogs because of this.
Tris wasn't an exception - I have seen this happen time and time again at the off leash parks.
My intention was to wait until Frankie was 18 months but I got nervous and didn't do it until about a month ago. He turned 2 in March.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
I guess these are the bad habbits I am thinking of.Originally Posted by kaytris
and from what I have heard, dogs who get into these bad habbits before being nutered, often DONT get out of them.
BTW, this is the BEST site to get information, and opinions - I love it
I see this all the time, too. I think that if you do spend much time at off-leash parks, neutering your male is very important for your own dog's safety.Originally Posted by kaytris