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Old 12-01-2013, 08:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 6 month old GS puppy. I've been going to the vets with him regularly. Since our first visit, vet found that one of his testicles did not drop. I waited few months, hes now 6 months and no change. The vet recommended strongly to neuter. When I first got him, my plan was to neuter him around one and half - two years old. I am afraid that if I neuter him now, he wont grow to his fullest potential.

Can someone provide an honest opinion? The vet provided me with the normal and obvious answer to neuter. Every vet out there will recommend to neuter whether for a particular reason or for overall health\mood etc.

Any suggestions? Have you neutered your dog early? Do you think he grew as big as he would if you didn't do procedure? Do you think neutering would effect his growth?
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My rescue was neutered and he also had a ball that didn't drop, so I was very worried about him. But he has a good temperament and turned out awesome! My pup on the other hand who is also 6 months, I do not plan on neutering. I want to keep it natural for him and see where that takes me.


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Actually, neutering before growth plates are closed causes the dog to grow for longer time. So early neutered dogs are generally taller than intact dogs.

With an undecended testicle, you need to neuter, but waiting until a year will be fine.


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Old 12-02-2013, 09:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I guess I'll just wait and see what happens. If anything I'll neuter him next summer.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My seven year old male had one undescended testicle. I had him neutered at 14 months. He looks like a male dog, even to the most die hard of the anti-neuter contingent.

One thing to consider with neutering a male with an undescended testicle is that the surgery can be much more involved then a simple neuter, depending on where they find the testicle. My guy's was found way up in his abdomen and he had three fairly large incisions. His recovery was somewhat more involved than any neuter I had seen. They basically have to do exploratory surgery, looking for it.

I would rather have that kind of experience earlier in their life, rather than later. I wish I had had Tanner's done when he was around 6 months. Regardless, if there is an undescended testicle, the dog needs to be neutered. You really shouldn't leave him intact. It is considered one of the valid health related issues that require it.
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