Buster is almost 4 months old, and he had his final puppy shot and rabies today (yay!!!). The vet told me that any time I want, I can have him neutered. I have always thought (and read) that they don't get neutered until 6 months. Is this correct? He's an English Bulldog, and while I am concerned about his airways during the anesthesia/surgery, the vet reassured me that all will go well. I will get him neutered as soon as possible (recommended), but I don't want to have it done too early. His vet told me that the younger they do it, the less time they will need to recover.
If your vet said anytime is ok, go for it. Make sure you vet is used to doing short nosed breeds, it will set your mind at ease when they put him under. Yes 6months used to be the rule of thumb, but males can be done sooner. Esp. if the testes have already droped. good luck
Never heard of pre-anesthetic testing - will this tell us anything other than his reaction to the anesthetic? I'll talk to the vet about it, definitely.
Another question that I have is how will this change his temperament and his growth? I read on a couple EB websites that if you want your dog to have a more muscular build, to hold off a little on the neutering (to around 1 year old). How big/muscular he gets isn't very important to me, but it brings me to wondering how this affects his growth, if it is better to let him mature/develop naturally first...
That's strange to me. I've always been told 6 months as well. If you're not having any problems with him that would make you want to do it any sooner than why not wait? I think it would be best. I've also always been taught that a male dog needs to be matured and developed before taking away his gems =] .
The more mature he gets, and the more Male behaviors he develops, can be harder to break later. If I am not breeding a boy, I get him neutered asap. Most of the time, they become more loving and in tuned to their owners. If muscle is what you are most worried about, then learn how to build it. My husband did it on our neutered shar-pei mix. he is now 17yrs, and doesn't look great, but he is allowed he is old.
The pre-anesthetic blood work usually checks basic liver and kidney functions, and a complete blood count to check for internal infections and usually a platelet count to check clotting ability. Its a good idea to check because problems are not always seen on an outer exam and you want everything working as normally as possible when they go under. Most young dog's are healthy but I have seen our doctors post-pone a surgery on a young pet because of an elevated liver or kidney enzyme. It never hurts to be cautious. If the vet is willing to do the surgery now I say go for it. He'll be better off in the long run.