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03-31-2014 06:49 PM
KHLOE The Humane society forced me to spay my female puppy at 2 months old. I have heard a lot of people say that it was to young but I am not sure of what will go wrong because of it. I wish they didn't make me do it but they wouldn't let us have her without it being done. She has healed nicely so will she be ok?
03-31-2014 06:37 PM
robk I used to be completely anti-spay/neuter. Not so much now. It really is a personal choice. I have an intact male and an intact female. Heats are messy and he gets annoying while she is in heat.
03-31-2014 03:40 PM
The Stig
Originally Posted by Anubis_Star View Post
Neutering is a personal choice. If you don't want an intact dog and the responsibility associated with it, then you should 100% neuter.
Sage advice. *2 thumbs up*

I did not spay my female till she was 4 y/o. She was never bred, and has always been physically and mentally sound. For my next dog - regardless of gender - if I decide to fix it, I will again wait several years. Just my personal choice, based on the information made available to me.

If one decides to fix a healthy, intact dog, I would not recommend early spay/neuter. 18 - 24 months, would be my suggestion.

However, if the owner is unable to follow through with the responsibility that comes with owning an intact dog, then that is a much wiser option than risking an 'Oops' litter. Ultimately, it is up to the owner on what she is comfortable with because - as Anubis_Star wrote - it is a heavy responsibility caring for an intact dog and certainly not for everyone.

I also really like & appreciate Selzer's thoughts on wandering dogs.
03-31-2014 11:52 AM
Lark I neutered my GSD at 18 mths. I think that was a pretty good age. He definitely looks male, although he has this funny girly prance he does which has nothing to do with neutering since it went on long before he was neutered.

Edit - my dog also had a retained testicle.
03-31-2014 08:12 AM
LaRen616 I neutered my GSD at 15 months of age.

I wanted to wait until my Dalmatian is 2 years old before neutering but he is cryptorchid so the Vet said I have to neuter him at 18 months old.
03-31-2014 07:38 AM
Anubis_Star My 3.5 year old boy, neutered at 4 months because he was cryptorchid, who was very leggy, tall, gangly, and lacked what I would consider obvious secondary sex characteristics. Although I think most of us could look at him and guess male, especially his head and chest do not scream obvious, big masculine male. His father was a very heavy, stocky, masculine, typical WGSL.

His size (or lack of) is easily seen next to Zeke, who was actually a good 2-3 inches shorter than him

03-31-2014 01:35 AM
shepherdmom Pictures are worth a thousand words.

My 12 year old 95# boy who was neutered at around 4 months. There is nothing girly about him.

03-30-2014 11:56 PM
trcy I have to get my dog neutered. I was going to wait until 18 months, but several vets have advised to have it done at 12 months due to he has one retained testicle. If it wasn't for the retained testicle I would wait until 18 months. I have always had my dogs neutered/spayed. Usually very early, but after doing research we are waiting as long as we have been advised to.
03-30-2014 11:31 PM
GSDluver4lyfe Neutering isn't too important to me (this is based on the dogs I have owned) as I've never had a problem that I thought neutering might fix or help. And if testicular cancer presented itself I would neuter them at that point. I personally feel if an animal has something (and they as a species remain to be living and thriving) the pros of them remaining with it outweigh the cons a thousand-fold! I'm not a science wizz but I firmly believe everything in a living being is connected and removing one thing can alter the future development of said animal. Everything has a purpose and reason or it wouldn't exist (and in this case the main function is to reproduce, but I'm sure it affects and contributes much more). Now, I'm not against neutering but I see it as more of a last option not as a preventative measure. But that's a personal preference and opinion.
03-30-2014 04:19 AM
Anubis_Star Neutering is a personal choice. If you don't want an intact dog and the responsibility associated with it, then you should 100% neuter.

However, I do believe there are MANY risks associated with early spay and neuter. I strongly feel that dogs should be 12-18 months before neutering. If owners choose to do it beforehand to avoid unwanted behaviors (of which there are really none, sorry), then so be it. But at least understand and acknowledge that you're potentially risking some health concerns for the sake of convenience. Berlin is the first dog I've never neutered (Zeke was done at 9 months, Luther was done at 4 months), and he is 15 months now. I've yet to see any unwanted behavior that my other dogs did not have. He's social, friendly, well behaved, and does not mark everything he sees.

Here are some arguments on the risks from very well respected veterinarian sources

Pet spay-neuter studies spotlight health risks, benefits - VIN

For some reason my computer won't let me share the PDF link, but if you google "long term effects of spay neuter in dogs" a PDF reviewed paper from naiaonline pops up as one of the first links, titled "Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay and Neuter of Dogs"
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