I thought you could get a dog neutered at around 3 months old. My vet that I take my puppies to (my older dogs go to a different vet) won't neuter until 9 months. I think thats way to old. His reasoning is that if we do it before 9 months they won't lift their leg. I don't care if they lift their leg or not but maybe its a self-esteem issue? In any case I can't find anyone in my area that will do it less than 6 months, not even the Humane Society. I don't necessarily have to have it done before 6 months but my black lab was neutered when I adopted him and he was about 14 wks. when I adopted him, I adopted him in D.C. though, and he is just the biggest baby. He's like a little girl, so I thought if I got Tucker neutered younger he would have a better chance of being very sweet and submissive and docile also. I wonder why there are differing opinions on this in different areas where we live. I wonder why there are differing opinions on this at all. What do you guys think? Do you think I'm just being silly and 6 months is young enough? I'm sure a lot of the way Toby is, is just his personality but I thought neutering also had something to do with horomones.
I know. It just doesn't make any sense to me. Going by his teeth he's about 17 or 18 wks. old. I don't understand why I can't get him neutered now. The place where I had Zoe spayed would do it now but it cost me 480.00 for Zoe's spay and micro chipping. I took her to the vet where I take my older dogs. I may end up paying that much again. I love that vet but my puppies just have to go to much to be paying such a huge price for them. I started out taking Zoe there and every 3 wks. for her shots and such it was about 230.00. I know puppies are expensive and I'm not saying anything about that but that is ridiculous. I may go ahead and take Tucker there and get him neutered in a couple of weeks though.
At our shelter, we will fix kittens over two pounds and Puppies as young as 8 weeks. My personal vet doesn't like to do it before 6 months unless they have to go under anesthesia for another reason, then he will do it sooner so they don't have to anesthetize(sp) the pup more then once. I have never heard of 9 months though.
snoopy was done at 9 mos, b/c he'd been a stray and was done before we got him. he was marking all over the place, they told me. now, he squats half the time, and leg lifts the other half. so go figure. id want sooner rater than later to prevent marking. that's a real pain.
My Toby was just over 12 weeks old. It seems on his first vet visit after I got him from the breeder they recommended it. I know it was cheaper to have it done younger, I don't know why. He is very, very sweet natured and loving. He doesn't lift his leg. He is almost 9 months old. BTW I live in Maryland. I don't know if that has anything to do with it either.
Charlie was neutered at 8 weeks, I thought that was a little early. but I also think they are sweeter if it is done early. They don't get the bad male hormones like lifting there leg to mark. I love having a squatter for life. CharlieBug's MOM
I agree with you guys. I don't want him to lift his leg and I don't want him having those silly horomones. I want him to stay sweet and a big baby. My m-i-l lives in MD and thats how I adopted Toby from D.C. Maybe I'll have her call the ASPCA there and make me an appt. and I'll just take him down there to be neutered. My 3 other dogs were a little over a yr. when I adopted them and were of course already neutered. Toby was already neutered. Zoe was only 6 wks. so obviously she wasn't spayed but I had her done at 5 and a half months. I didn't care about when she was spayed as long as she didn't go into heat first. Now with Tucker and boy dogs in general I definitely want it done as early as possible.
6 months is just about a perfect age to get neutering done. I'm not sure why your vet prefers to wait till 9 months old. To me, a vet who requires a wait till 9 months is out to get more money cause the dog will weigh more, therefore require more anestheseia, and therefore he can charge you more for it.
I was wondering about the vet myself. Most vets will want to wait only if you dog or cat is real small because it is harder to adjust meds when they only weight 3 pounds. I would look for another vet. sqatter for life (husband) that was funny :o)
I worked in and have been around vet clinics for a total of about 8 years and I have really only heard that you should neuter a dog BY 6mo so they dont start marking! It is not the safest when they are babies and non of the vets I ever worked for would do that! I worked in Oregon and Washington so maybe things are diff in diff areas???? Itsme