Spay and Neuter question...

Discussion in 'Dog Health Care' started by Picklepaige, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. Picklepaige

    Picklepaige Active Member

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    This is for future references. Is it better to neuter a male dog when he stops growing, and spay a female before her first heat? I heard female intact dogs have many more health risks than male intact dogs.
     
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    corgipower Tweleve Enthusiest

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    while i prefer to not spay and neuter at all, i would wait until they are mature for males and females if i am going to do it.
     
  3. BoxMeIn21

    BoxMeIn21 Yeah. So?

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    AnimalLoverCatRescuer New Member

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    Why is that? And what about mutts and poorly bred dogs. Do you keep them all intact?
     
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    I thought it was wait until a male was fully mature for best health, but spay a female before her first heat for best health (though you know I'm probably wrong). I'm so glad my dogs will all be rescues, pre-neutered :D
     
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    yes. my reasons are:

    1. i don't like putting my dog through major surgery and removing internal organs.
    2. the link posted by BoxMeIn21 references the same information i have seen, which i had posted here recently in another thread. it outlines the increased health risks associated with spaying/neutering, some of which may be less of a risk if at least waiting until maturity.
    3. while i understand the reasons for spaying/neutering, i believe there are other ways to prevent unwanted breedings (leash, fence, supervision, training), other ways to prevent temperament problems that may or may not be affected by spaying/neutering (training, exercising), other ways to minimize the risks of developing cancer (nutrition, stress reduction).

     
  7. Melissa_W

    Melissa_W New Member

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    Personally, I would wait until the dog (male or female) reaches maturity and the growth plates close. This is only if you are able to handle an intact animal without any "oops" moments.
     

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