DO YOU HAVE A NEW PUPPY?
Over the last 10-15 years, it has become common practice for dogs to be spayed or castrated as early as 3-6 months. Historically Vets advised these procedures to be carried out after 12 months for males or after the first season for bitches. Many are returning to the old ways. Research has shown that there are many disadvantages to doing this too early and discussions should be had with your vet ascertaining both the advantage and disadvantages, not just of castrating early but to carry out the procedure in the first place. You should also do your own research online from reputable sources. In my experience, I have not noticed any benefits to early castration of male dogs under 12 months whilst females with nervous anxious tendencies have often become worse and more aggressive. Of course, an entire male can pose challenging behaviour but a high standard of training will help manage these.
The most important consideration to keep in mind when deciding if and at what age to neuter a dog is to consider all the health and disease information on an individual basis.
Information from Laura J Stanborn
Health Benefits from Neutering
Reduced risk (<1%) of dying from testicular cancer Reduced risk for non-cancerous prostate conditions (ie benign prostate hyperplasia) Reduced risk for perianal fistulas Health Risks from Neutering Increased risk for osteosarcoma (bone cancer) when neutered before 1 year of age. Increased risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma Increased risk for hypothyroidism Increased risk for progressive geriatric cognitive impairment Increased risk for obesity Increased risk for prostate cancer Increased risk for urinary tract cancers Increased risk for orthopaedic disorders Increased risk for adverse reactions to vaccinations[/av_cell][/av_row] [/av_table] [/av_one_full]