I'm looking for advice on this. Does spaying or neutering change your pet and if so how does it, pros and cons? My chihuahua Buddy has too many health problems since i've brought him home, there is no way I'm breeding him. He's going to get neutered, at what age is best? He just turned 6 months old today, but my concern is he's so tiny. He weighs 2 1/2 pounds. I'm sure that the breeder I got him from had some bad breeding lines, my babys been thru too much. It scares me because of his size he's so tiny, some help please anyone! =(
I had my American Eskimo pup neutered at 7 months. He hasn't changed a bit. I know now he will not lift his leg to mark. He is a permanent squatter. I did not have my Chow mix neutered so all he wants to do is mark the yard. Your vet will be able to safely neuter your small dog. They treat animals of all sizes. I have heard that it makes them live longer.
IMO now is the best age to neuter him. Obviously you would need to check with your vet to make sure he is a candidate for it, because of health reasons and being put under anathestia (sp). I'm not sure about male dogs, but in my girls, I was told that it lowers their risk of cancer later on if they were to be spayed. As far as changing..my girls are exactly the same as they always have been..only now, I don't have to worry about them going into heat and they have a slight scar on their belly.
Edit..I wanted to add that I think it's very responsible of you to have him fixed..especially considering his background and health problems. Good luck with him :o)
***Edited By: DoGoneIT on 1/25/2005 9:12:33 PM*** Reason: .
Okay, thanks everyone! Maybe i'm being paranoid I just want to make sure my baby is going to be fine going thru this. I love him no matter what I bought him because my rat terrier mix I had for 18 yrs passed away =( I needed a little one again. I got a male to breed to my mom's little chihuahua girl. His health is far more important to me then having puppies later down the road, with his health problems he's had there isn't no way i'd risk a puppy's health, just to have puppies. He's my baby. Thanks for all the help I appreciate it alot! I'm just being paranoid, just want to make sure he's going to be safe going thru the neutering. Heidi =)
I know a doctor who does orthopedic surgery for ferrets. Your baby will be fine.
Noramlly side effects are slower metabolisem since the harmones are no longer burning the furance. More mellow temperment.
Personally, I don't alter my dogs until they are metally adults. I've altered to many young, 4-8 months, and had them wind up mentally puppies for a very long time. It is my personal decsion, and I've not yet had a dog with mammery cancer as a result. It also helps to avoid that lanky prolonged growth that sometimes acompanies early alteration as teh bone plates close later.
I have heard that neutering a male dog can make the dog more affectionate, less aggressive and less likely to run off roaming. I had Toby neutered at about 4 1/2 months old. He squatted to pee until we adopted his big brother dog Max. After watching Max lift his leg to pee, Toby will now do it sometimes. Not even on a tree or anything just right there in the middle of the yard. He will start to squat and then one tiny little hind leg will lift off of the ground ever so slightly. It is so cute. Toby IS very affectionate and loving but he will wander away if not leashed and is aggressive to his big brother Max. So, I guess 1 out of 3 isn't bad. It is best for the dogs health though to get them neutered.
wendy ~ Toby learned to lift his leg from Max? That's too cute! Now I have another good excuse for not letting Alex and Kai out at the same time. The first one being Alex towers over Kai and he would drown him. I don't want my little white pup turning yellow!
Most vets wont neuter an animal until they are atleast 3 pounds. Atleast the ones i know of. Im sorry to hear about your puppies problems. I had Digger neutered when he was about 5 minths. He was to young for me to notice any behavioral differences. From my experience though if you have a dog neutered to late he will still behave like he is still intact. I used to have a dog and he was neutered when he was 5. If he got loose he would run for hours. He also still got it on with the girls. I got a call from a very angry neighbor telling me my dog had jumped thier fence and tied with their girl. I had to bring over proof that he was neutered.