Certified wolf biologist - Is that a new program by TWS?
Seriously curious if you could provide peer reviewed and cited research, or any veterinary text books that cite 24 months of age as to when the growth plates close... Most of the studies and medical resources I have read in regards to domestic dogs indicate closed growth plates at a younger age. If there is new research on this I have missed, I would like to be informed.
There are other reasons I would choose to keep a dog intact past growth plate closure but now you have me curious.
Regarding studies, I don't have any at my finger tips on growth plates and never claimed I did. What I do have is experience garnered from work I did alongside veterinarians. Medical science is not exact, and we are literally arguing numbers within the margin of error here. I've seen growth plates close on large breed dogs at 9 months, and I've seen them close at 26 months. Again, the 2 year recommendation is there to be a safety net because by then, hopefully everything has closed and you're good to go.
My whole point in everything I have said is wait until the growth plates have closed before you fix your dog. Those are the studies I've read and referred to.
If you can confirm they've closed via x-ray, great. If not, what's the big rush to neuter at 19 months as opposed to 24? Why not wait and give it some time just to be sure?
Again, we are literally debating over a number of months, which is ridiculous. I have my years of work and what I was told by specialists who performed surgery on large canines every week (unlike most vets who work on small and large breed dogs of many different breeds and mixes). There isn't specific research out there on every specific topic and question, and sometimes you just go with experience and the tried and true advice that's worked, and that's what I do.
At the end of the day, the reason behind the advice you're giving and I am giving gets at the same thing, wait until the growth plates close. I'd also argue that even after the plates close, you may still want to keep the dog intact until they're done filling out. I'd like to see research that says those hormones aren't needed for that process, which is another reason why I say at least wait until 2 years.
, probably not. I live in Texas now, and opportunities in that field just aren't nearly as plentiful. If anything, I'd actually like to start my own GSD kennel in several years and go that route.