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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-19-2008, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Neutering and Cancer?

Hi Everyone,

I am new here and have enjoyed (as well as learned a LOT) cruising through all your posts. We have a brand new (here for a week) 12-week old GSD male puppy - "Luther"...





We lost our beloved GSD male six months ago to Hemangiosarcoma (in his spleen and liver - not yet to his heart). I've been reading on the net about recent research pointing to increased risk of Hemangiosarcoma and other cancers in GSD's with "early" neutering. Our guy was neutered at 7 months as recommended by our Vet. We would like to minimize any risk of another such tragedy and wonder if anyone has any comments or wisdom to share?

Thank you all for anything you might offer!

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Sorry - new to pictures - will try again...




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He is absolutely stunning!!
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Thank you! We love him already. When we lost our GSD six months ago, we contacted his breeder, who was unfortunately no longer breeding, but put us in touch with the breeder from whom he got our dog's parents. Luther shares many of the same ancestors - and we count ourselves very lucky to have him join our family! While I don't know that much about the different lines, I believe him to be of West German show lines and his pedigree has many German Sch 3's in it. We, however, just needed another friend!

So far, he is outstanding - no "accidents" in his crate or in the house (although we watch him like hawks) - has already "learned" to sit and down and is an absolute delight.

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Gosh, my stupid laptop is retarded.

For some reason, I can't see the whole first photograph. It has been like that for a few days now ... part of the picture is cut off if it's too big.

Could someone help me???

[edit: Oh yeah, the puppy based on the second photo ... is SO cute!]

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You should have a bar at the bottom of the post. Just slide it over a bit and you can see the rest of the picture. Sorry for sending such big ones! I'll get better at this! Is this better?



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Ya I have heard that also, but of course, after I neutered Meb and Shay at 6 months of age. I have heard that you should wait until the dog is at least year to year and a half.

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I have the link to the study on my home computer (I'm in PA on business). I can post it after I get back.

I will be waiting until my dogs are physically mature. For a male I would wait until 16 - 24 months of age.
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http://www.naiaonline.org/

http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf

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Re: Neutering and Cancer?

Luther is a beautiful pup!!!

So sorry to read about your boy that you lost to hemangiosarcoma of the spleen. I know how much this can hurt. I lost my soul mate, Echo, to hemangiosarcoma of the heart. It killed my mutt, Bo, spleen and other organs. And I just had to put my old male, Ringer, down less than a month ago for numerous health reasons including hemangiosarcoma of the heart. I also lost Niki, to osteosarcoma. Too survived an encapsulated cancerous tumor, I thought it was hemangiosarcoma but believe now it was another type of cancer (and am not sure how to get the diagnosis at this late date).

I also recommend neutering a male no earlier than 18 to 24 months old and a bitch after her first heat cycle.

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