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Old 03-27-2015, 10:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have read past threads about neutering male GSDs. My vet knows I am very responsible with my dogs and has never mentioned altering Simon. I have read about mental maturity and wonder if I should wait longer to neuter him. Simon is scheduled to be neutered April 6th. My behaviorist suggested this as Simon is dog reactive and it might "take the edge off."

The thing is that in the last few weeks he is so much more cooperative with obedience and much less dog reactive. Like maybe he is getting over his adolescent "I don't want to and you can't make me!!!"

Anyway, I was hoping people could share their opinions about whether maturing mentally is affected by altering at 14 months. Thanks!
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know about the mental effects.But it's best to wait until 18 mths when the growth plates in his joints are closed.He's also 8 times more likely to develop cancer of the testicles if neutered early.That's the extent of my knowledge
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Don't know about the mental effects.But it's best to wait until 18 mths when the growth plates in his joints are closed.He's also 8 times more likely to develop cancer of the testicles if neutered early.That's the extent of my knowledge
Uhm, if neutered early, uhm the testicles die, and they can't get cancer. I think. Other cancer risks increase some, but 14 months is not exactly early.

I think that if his behavior has suddenly improved, I would wait and see. You might want to wait until he is two, or even three, full grown and filled out. And maybe 18 months suits you better.
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My bad!It's lymphosarcoma not testicular cancer
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Like Selzer says, if you can wait, then wait, its much better for your boy. Enjoy!
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