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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-05-2015, 09:17 PM
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Everything I have read says that neutering has no impact on development. I'll be having my pup neutered next week simply because he is now just six months and already starting to hump everything
There is alot of research showing early neuter does have developmental consequences. To each their own, it's a personal decision we each make for our dogs, just important to get ALL the information possible.

Neutering may have zero impact on your dog's humping behaviour so don't be surprised if it continues. That's easily corrected without neutering, FYI. .. many females hump.

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Everything I have read says that neutering has no impact on development. I'll be having my pup neutered next week simply because he is now just six months and already starting to hump everything
There's plenty of info that says otherwise. The body is a complete system with no unecessary parts. I have no problem with spay/neuter, I spayed my females at 6 months, knowing what I know now I wish I had waited until maturity.
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There's plenty of info that says otherwise. The body is a complete system with no unecessary parts. I have no problem with spay/neuter, I spayed my females at 6 months, knowing what I know now I wish I had waited until maturity.
I'm in exactly the same boat, with the same 6-month spay.

A little detail my vet neglected to mention until it became an issue: about 8% of spayed female dogs develop urinary incontinence (essentially dripping/leaking urine without any control over it). It's easily treated with cheap meds, but does require a blood test every 6-8 months to keep an eye on the white cell count (which may increase due to the meds and result in serious problems).

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Both of my current dogs came from shelters. They were spayed/neutered EARLY! Because SHELTERS.

My male (hound mix) was 12 weeks when he was neutered. My female (shepherd) was 7 weeks when she was spayed. I would have opted for 6 months, but the choice wasn't mine. They are none the worse for wear. I don't expect any problems.

As for spay incontinence - Every bitch I have ever owned was spayed. My Annie was spayed and re-spayed, after the shelter messed up. None of my girls ever had spay incontinence.

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A good alternative to neutering is a canine vasectomy. This will leave your dog and his hormones intact, not interfering with his natural hormonal development.

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Everything I have read says that neutering has no impact on development. I'll be having my pup neutered next week simply because he is now just six months and already starting to hump everything
I think you need to review your reading list and add to it. You missed some up to date information. Neutering early (before 2 yo) does impact development. The dog will be taller, thinner - genrally lankier. There's also info about skeletan development that says neutering may = problems. And info that says neutering = propensity to some forms of cancer.

I would hold off until the dog was at least two before I removed those items from his anatomy.
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There is alot of research showing early neuter does have developmental consequences. To each their own, it's a personal decision we each make for our dogs, just important to get ALL the information possible.

Neutering may have zero impact on your dog's humping behaviour so don't be surprised if it continues. That's easily corrected without neutering, FYI. .. many females hump.
I second that. None of my male dogs humped anything, most of my females have.

I own a 13 year old intact male, never had any issues with him and he has shared my home with any number of intact males and females over the years. Certainly won't be neutering him now.
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Id breed the dog and neuter the pup , both great ideas.

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I will discuss it with my vet today. I thought it was pretty cut and dry. 6 months was the best time to neuter. Neutering before they started spraying everything, and no negative effects.
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I will discuss it with my vet today. I thought it was pretty cut and dry. 6 months was the best time to neuter. Neutering before they started spraying everything, and no negative effects.
Dogs don't spray, you have confused with cats.

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