My vet told me that the recomended age for neutering is between 6-8 months, depending on the individual dog. But i hear some dogs get fixed much sooner. Does anyone have any advice on this topic, and how will age affect the dog?
One of my females was about a year, the other was about 2yr. and my male was about 4 when we decided to have him nuetred. We had to because he became real aggressive with a little mini daux. I had when we first bought him and then later he was aggressive with my yougest female. It has helped a whole lot. He is more tolerent of her now but still gets aggressive sometimes. We had stitches took in her head because of it.
Humane societies will neuter as young as 6 or 8 weeks in order to prevent adopting out unaltered pets that could concievably add to the pet overpopulation problem. Bowen was neutered at about 6 months of age. 6 months is a good age to neuter IMHO. For female dogs, the more heats they have before spaying, the more likely they are to have mammary cancer. For male dogs, the longer you wait to have them neutered after 6 months, the more likely they are to pick up bad habits associated with unaltered animals, like begin marking behavior, and keep doing it even after they are neutered
***Edited By: Minniyar on 3/8/2005 3:19:29 PM*** Reason: add
Toby was fixed it seems right after I got him. He was born on Jan. 14, 04 and he was fixed May 28, 04. So he was about 4 1/2 months old. Max was 2+ years when he got fixed. I think it is best to do it as soon as possible.
***Edited By: wendy3249 on 3/8/2005 3:20:48 PM*** Reason: added something
When I alter dogs I alter them after 15-18 months. I prefer the maturity that they gain and feel that it is worth the possible risks to have a calmer, mature dog who is not stuck in the realms of puppyhood.
I would go by the breed. I spay ours and recommend 6 months, because that is generally very close to the first heat cycle. I do not agree with the 6-8 week spaying. Puppies under anesthesia do not do well and there can be major complications down the road. I do believe that a certain amount of the hormones produced will help a puppy develope into a healthy adult. Typically my breed is full grown by 8-11 months, so that works for us. If it is a larger breed, you could wait longer.