Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: South Range, WI
Regardless of whether or not the early neutering contributed to the problem, please stop beating yourself up over it. You did what you thought was best for your dog, at your vet's recommendation. Nothing wrong with that!
I believe early altering has more dire consequences when it's a "pediatric" spay/neuter or done before a year in GIANT breeds. My Luna tore her ACL and I firmly believe the pediatric spay was a big contributing factor. My Rottweiler was neutered at a year and has elbow dysplasia: and I honestly believe that was just genetics.
If you haven't started your dog on supplements, it's definitely time to start. Choose a supplement (or combination of supplements) with MSM, chondroitin, glucosamine, and fish oil. I use Longevity by Springtime, Inc. with Apollo and I swear it works miracles. I also had agility in mind for him and thought that dream was over because of the ED, but now he runs and plays like a puppy. It took about a month of Longevity use to see significant results. (Agility is still out for him because he's afraid of heights, so we're going to take up carting instead, LOL).
Alternatively, Springtime, Inc. makes a joint supplement that is a bit more affordable and doesn't contain the "extras" in Longevity (I like the extras because they're great for Apollo's wonky digestive system).
Luna, GSD (11/22/08)
Nova, GSD (07/01/07)
Apollo, Rottweiler (06/28/08)