I am getting my puppy neutered this Firday. Its been a very long time since Ive had to deal with this. I was just wondering what to expect by way of behavior?The vet ts doing laser surgery on him!! Never heard of that on a dog before but ok.I dont know what I'm going to do without my boy all day :'(! Also does appetite change a little while teething? Hes just as hyper as before but just picks here and there. Thanks
Hello, and welcome to the forum!
How old is your boy? By the teething comment, I would assume 5-7 months.
Sometimes the appetite can change when they teethe, it hurts to eat, water down the food a touch and let it get a touch soggy.
Hello, he is 5 months Friday. I have just posted a new pic of him this is all new to me so when i learn how I will post more. Thanks for the food advice will try that tonight. Your yellow is beautiful girl or boy?
She is a girl, thank you!
Have you read the pro's and con's article of neutering at such a young age?
Good reading, either way, let me go find it for you...
Your pup will be just fine. He'll bounce back the next day!
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Me personally, I would never neuter a dog at 5 months. Way too early, IMO and the opinion of many knowledgeable veterinarians.
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I personally think 5 months is too young too. Yes, it's safe, but why do it that young?
My regular vet is also a lab competitor (bred until recently). She too will advise waiting to neuter w/ willing and able pet owners. The boys will mature much nicer if you can stand the wait until growth plate closure (~14 mos). I tell my puppy owners if behavior becomes an issue, schedule the snip job then but otherwise, please let him grow up a bit first. I've got photos here of some of my earlier pups who were neutered young (they are leggy, narrow chested, have pointed heads, etc in comparison to littermates neutered later). The health issues that Chris Zink has reported are alarming enough for me. -Anne
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
Well I have read all of your commets and I did ask my vet about him being sooo young. He said if it were his dog( he started that young with all of his) he would. And I have thought about waiting, but I also trust my vets opinion too. To me it seems the younger they are the easier to bounce back?? And as far as stunting his growth??? Right at this point hes 45lbs give or take a few. But I will take all of this into consideration. Thanks.