Spaying/Neutering

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by MyHorseMyRules, May 5, 2009.

  1. Just wondering what the general Chazzer opinion is on this. How long do you wait before you spay/neuter your dogs? Why? Resources to back up your arguments would be much appreciated.
     
  2. PixieSticksandTricks

    PixieSticksandTricks Athletic Labs. They Exist

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    I beleive at the very earliest it should be at 6 months. But I prefer to wait until about 15 months if not later. Just so growth plates can develop and the dog can fill out some.
     
  3. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I've never spayed or neutered a dog before the age of 2 just to make sure they're full grown and mature. We typically keep males intact and have only had one neutered male (Trey) but all our females have been spayed eventually. I wish we hadn't spayed Nikki, we waited till she was old and I don't think she benefited from it. The rest have been spayed for convenience's sake. (Mess is a major factor plus with Rose we owned her intact brother and we wanted NO chance of an oops there) Of course, that's just for my own personal dogs. There's a lot of factors to weigh.
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    corgipower Tweleve Enthusiest

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    I pretty much wait until there's a reason to do it.

    Ares was neutered at a year and a half because of behavioral issues and because I was new and didn't know any other way to deal with it.

    Morgan was spayed at about 5 years because of a hormone imbalance that caused her heat cycles to be increasingly uncomfortable.

    Personally, I don't believe in putting a dog through major surgery and removing internal organs. And organs that effect the hormonal system, which does do more than just reproduction.
     
  6. Most of mine were already adults and seniors when I had them done. Audubon was done very early, I can't remember how early, but I think it was like 10 or 12 weeks, now that I think about it. We got her from a rescue (this was 8 years ago) and it was a requirement. I don't think we were able to wait till 6 months...

    Triumph was done at around 10 months or so.

    Gage is the only puppy in the house, and he just turned 6 months awhile back. And I plan on neutering him within the next month or so. I was going to do it earlier, but he was so tiny, I really wanted to let him get bigger and grow up some more. It'll probably be closer to 7-8 months when he gets neutered.
     
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    Tankstar ~Lisa~

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    Honestly. I dont bother. I *personally* believe if you can easily handle a intact male with no chance of a oops or any issues, why bother with a un needed surery. testicular cancer is about a 1% chance of happeneing, while neutering in creases other issues. Females I would have done. to be honest I just dont ever want to deal with the mess again. Our old collie was never spayed, and it IMO was just gross, she was a heavy bleeder and a mess was every where. If I had the chocie she would have been done, but I was to young to make the choice.Blaze isnt, and will not be. He has a heart murmur that seems to be increasing (now at stage 2-3) and I dont want to risk it for a unneeded surgery IMO. he is a wonderful dog, extremly obident, not rude or domenating to other dogs, goes with the flow type of guy, no marking or humping issues. Which I dont think helps much any way, balls or none its in training IMO.

    i dont think a dog should be done before atleast a year IMO. Im sure most of my future dogs will come from either outstanding breeders or rescues, where I will have no choice but to spay or netuer, which is..alright by me, if I had it my way I wouldnt bother. But I do understand why it is done with breeders nd rescues.
     
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    6 months, but that is just my opinion and I come from a family very keen on spaying/neutering animals.
     
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    I will wait until 6 months at the bare minimum but I prefer to be able to leave my dogs intact until maturity if possible. Like someone mentioned above, growth hormones do so much more than just grant the ability to reproduce and I want my dogs to mature into what they're supposed to be, not some shadow of it. Females I'll probably have done around 2, depending on heat cycles and males...dunno. I feel pretty confident in my ability to properly contain an intact dog.
     
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    for me it depends on the individual dog, breed, living situation ect.

    i like to wait till the dog finishes phyiscally maturing, for most medium-large breed this is anything from 8mths-1 1/2 yrs...
    for giant breeds i wholeheartedly encorage leaving them intact untill they have comepletly done growing which can be 2-3 yrs,
    for toy breeds 6-8 months if fine for physical development but size plays a part so tiny dogs should realy wait for saftey.

    i think the majority of the "average pet owners" (im not talking people who do their reaserch, most chaz members ect, those people are not the "average" pet owner...im talking about pet owners that will leave an intact female in heat in the yard unsupervised...or refuses to neuter "butch" because itll make him "less manly"
    or mr and mrs smith down the street who think its a great idea to bread fluffy their poodle to the neighbors lab...
    THOSE people should spay/neuter at 6-8 months of age...

    but if you can do it responsibly and its not effecting the animals health i see no problem with keeping an intact animals...

    i DO however worry about keeping adult males intact if there not to be used for breeding as it can cause prostate issues.
     
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    I prefer males to be mature before neutering. The last time I owned a female was from 1978-1991, I had her spayed at six months. I'm not sure what I would do now.
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    Actually contrary to what you would think.. neutering INCREASES the risk of prostate cancers

     
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    FoxyWench Salty Sea Dog

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    not too worried about prostate cancer,more other prostate issues from tension...
    ill have to find the article i was reading...

    aparently its more common however in homes where they have an intact male AND female but none breeding...being around a female in heat that often plays havock...

    i do think if i were male id be rather frustrated lol
     
  14. MericoX

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    Kiba was done at 6 months (before I knew any better). I should've waited til she was two as she grew kinda funny, and her coat's gone to ****. Stryder I had done when he was 2.5. I couldn't have him around other dogs (as all he'd want to do is hump) and that is the thing he likes most in this world. Plus he got to be a jerkface, so he was snipped.

    The poodles will probably done around 2 as well. Haven't really decided yet. This will be my first time having an intact female, as well as having an intact male in the same household. Hopefully I don't have to strangle anyone. LOL.
     
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    I wish I had waited longer with Rylie and Chloe, but I came from a very pro neuter family. Rylie was spayed at 6-7 months of age. Chloe was spayed at almost one year of age.

    At this time, we are not planning on neutering Tucker.

    As a responsible pet owner, I feel that surgery/hormonal off balance is unnecessary unless there's a particular health reason.
     
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    corgipower Tweleve Enthusiest

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    True, but ~

     
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    maxfox426 My dog tickles my soul

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    Morgan came from the shelter pre-neutered (at 10 weeks), so we didn't really get much say in the matter. Same thing with the cats. So I've never really had to think about it. After some reading, I think that next time I would prefer to wait until at least 6 months, but I haven't really had a chance to form a true opinion on the matter.
     
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    i've seen some dogs who were ugly sick from prostate problems (not cancer). so that *is* something to keep in mind.

    i plan to neuter steve around a year. maybe a little later, if it's ok with his breeder. he's still only got one testicle down so it's pretty much a no-brainer that he will be done relatively young.
     
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    We have had dogs neutered as early as 4 months. No problems whatsoever, but I also have small dogs.

    But of course, when you adopt a puppy from a rescue even as young as 8 weeks, they come altered already.

    Cartman and Bob are not neutered, and no reason to get them neutered.

    Reese, Charlotte and Daggett were spayed before 6 months. Jannah was spayed after a year, since my mom bred her.

    Lucy was already spayed when I got her. Peanut was neutered right after we adopted him at the SPCA and he was 5+ years old.

    Bjorn was done at 16 months old.
     
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    ihartgonzo and Fozzie B!

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    Preferably not until sexual maturity, and only if it's necessary and/or there is any risk of the dog breeding by accident.

    To back that up... well, nature! It is natural for a dog to be able to go through "puberty" naturally and with all of their hormones intact.
     

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