There have been studies done on spaying and neutering as young as 8 weeks of age. There were no ill effects doing this so early with the eception of toy breed dogs. They are more prone to hypothermia when they are put under. But they could not detect any difference in growth to adult size by spaying or neutering early. Many animal shelter's have adopted this policy of spaying and neutering pups prior to placing them. This is really helping with accidental breedings and people who just never seem to get around to having it done when they adopt a young pup. I say depending on the weight and size of the dog, you could see another vet. But chances are slim a smaller dog would come into heat before the 6 month mark. If she does, then make sure she is confined and supervised. Also put her into a pair of bitch panties and use the spay to help prevent oder. Most pet supply places carry this stuff.
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I hate vets like that. I sell my pet pups on a contract that says they are to be fixed by 5 months of age. I choose 5 months in the hopes that it will entirely prevent unplanned litters since most males can't get their groove on by then and most females have not yet had their first heat. Unfortunately because there are soooo many vets that have that 6 month rule most of my buyers have had to ask me to let it slide for the extra month because their vet absolutely refuses to do it at 5 months. I can see it being an issue with small breeds but i'm talking about my mid sized american eskimos which weigh about 13-16 pounds by 5 months old, there is seriously no reason for a vet to refuse to fix them!!
My male was neutered when he was one week short of 5 months. What the vet wouldn't do was take off his dew claws, I had been advised to get them removed. He said not at this age, so we let it go. The neutering never bothered him at all. Vet used surgical glue, so no stitches. He was jumping the next morning all over the place.
actually folks studies are showing there are 2 differences in spaying or neutering earlier then 6 months. pro and con. Pro is the time of recovery. Earlier spay/neuter is easier recovery. Please keep in mind however recovery at 6 months is a piece of cake. There are numerous studies, Cornell, UC Davis, other very top schools in the country that clearly show spay and neutering earlier then 6 months stunts growth. I could go into technical detail but it's technical. Bottom line, veterinary studies and medicine are very advanced today. I would not suggest spaying or neutering until 6 months or over. The average bitch does not start heats until after 6 months. Yes, it's possible, the likelihood is not great (everything has exceptions)
My vet doesn't go by age. He said most dogs will go into heat soon after losing their big canine teeth. Maggie's fell out at about 5 months, and she was spayed at 5 1/2 months. It most definately did NOT stunt her growth. Breed standard is 30-40lbs, and she is a very muscular 40lbs at 2 1/2 years.
remember in this dicussion it can also be breed or canine/feline specific. I assure you I personally know of a dog that had stunted growth and actually more problems. This was a large breed dog. I can't honestly speak about these studies having to do with a specific breed or not, but the studies overall are showing problems are developing with early spay/neuter. You can do a google search and read about it, it's actually interesting.