I have a golden retriever puppy. Tucker will be 4 months this Friday and I want to get him neutered real soon. I want to do this because I have a four-year-old golden and Tucker humps him constantly and Riley sits and allows it because he realizes that Tucker is still a puppy. I have caught him so aroused where his stuff won’t go in for twenty minutes. My vet said that neutering him would calm that habit completely. So is four and a half month old too young to be neutered?
No, that isn't too young. My Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier was 10-weeks-old when he got neutered and he did just fine!
It won't hurt him if he doen't ever lift his leg. It also might be a good thing because he won't pee on every bush he sees. I had a male dog that never learned to lift his leg and I liked that a lot more.
I have a male rottweiler who will be 5 years old this month. He was neutered at the age of 1. He rarely lifts his leg but that has nothing to do with being neutered too soon. He's just lazy and only lifts his leg on my weeping cherry tree :)
IMO it should be 6 months. Some people will beg to differ and say 4 months, but like I said, it is my opinion. I also feel that anything younger could result in an uncontrollable bladder and as you said..not lifting the leg to pee.
I don't think lifting the leg to pee is going to hurt the dog, but if you don't mind your male squating to pee, then that shouldn't be an issue for you. If you talk to your vet, they will let you know how young they would do it.
It has been said that neutering at an early age could cause a dog to not grow as big. But I don't believe that to be true because my male rottweiler grew up just fine. He is an average size rottweiler.
This is an article from International Veterinary Information Service, I thought it was an interesting read on the subject. I wanted to spay after my girl had her rabies shot just after 4 months, but they said to wait till 5 months, and wouldn't actually let me book an appointment till 6, so I was interested in the subject as well. (And now that my baby is licking her crotch non stop, I pray she can hold off for 6 more days) http://www.ivis.org/advances/Concannon/olson/chapter_frm.asp?LA=1
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I have an Boster Terrier that I had spayed at 6 months. He ate everything in my house(couches, tables, it didn't really matter) and I heard it would calm him down. Brodie is now 10 months and still eats everything! I don't think it is a calming factor at first, but I'm only hoping he will eventually grow out of it. My other Boston is 5, Madison, and has never chewed on nothing. I believe it is the different personalities in each dog. Oh, by the way, the reason I decided to have him nutered was because he was humping the cat in the front yard and every one was watching.
lostjack... If i knew how to post it on the web, I would gladly post Tucker on Riley (its a funny sight.) Anyway, Tucker gets too aroused (very often) and his stuff will stay out for a long time (hurting him) Neutering him will prevent this right?
thomp. there is a medical condition that you might want to look into. I for get what it is called. but it is exactly what you are talking about it is where his unit gets stuck out of the sheath. talk to your vet.
I too thought that desexing Floyd at 5 months will make him smaller than he would normally have been. But I'm sure someone told me (Minneyar??) that desexing dogs actually does something that makes them grow bigger (something with their pituitary gland I believe) and not smaller like most people think. Where's Minn when you need her!
I am sure Minneyar put my own mind at ease when I asked this question.
My vet told me that as long as the testicals have fully dropped/formed, there is no problem desexing them from 4 months onwards. But some dogs aren't ready until around 6 months. Floyd my Dalmatian was ready at 5 months. He had to get knocked out anyway so they just desexed him at the same time.
Most dogs have fully dropped testies by eight weeks.
Early spay and netuer causes the bone plates to close later, so you tend to get a taller, lankier dog with more leg and less substance. The lack of substance isent something thats incredably noticable.
Six months is not a magical age. While in some toy breeds they are well on the way to final maturation, in many large breeds we're at the very tip of the ice burg and maturation is still two or three years away.