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When to neuter

Discussion in 'General Health' started by Cleo2014, Jul 10, 2017.

  1. Cleo2014

    Cleo2014 Premium Member

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    Cara Sandler Forums Enthusiast

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    One thing to consider is whether his growth plates have closed. Your vet can do an xray to determine this. If you're planning to do agility with him I would hold off neutering until his growth plates close.
     
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  3. Cleo2014

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    Well after looking up this I think I am just going to wait to be on the safe side. I don't think I want to pay $95.00 (which is what my vet charges) for a radiograph if I can just wait until he is two which should be more than enough time according to this article.

    http://www.yankee-shelties.com/sheltie-growth.html
     
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  4. Margi

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    After reading those studies about early neutering risks, I waited till Fillion was 2. I understand the need to try and reduce unwanted litters, but he is seldom out of my sight, much less running free to play Casanova in the neighborhood LOL. I wanted to give my little guy the best possible start in life and it seems sometimes not doing something is the right thing.
     
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  5. Calliesmom

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    Cran was done at 13 months, Jocu and Destin were done at 2 yrs.
     
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    Mt vet felt 7 mo ths on was fine for a smaller dog. A year plus for large breed. We waited til 8 1/2 months
     
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    I had Piper done a month shy of his second birthday. I would've waited but his marking was getting out of hand. I also read many articles regarding the risks of early neutering (as well as advice from my own vet) and they definitely helped me make the decision.
     
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  8. Hanne

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    Cara -Thank you for writing this - I did not know how I should write / explain it.

    So glad to read anyone´s posts that you also have the same setting.

    I've never understood why anyone "over there" neutering in so early in age - right down from 8 weeks.

    Brittany, I do not know if this can help you to see when it is closed.

    http://www.dailydogdiscoveries.com/puppy-growth-plates/
     
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    Thanks Hanne! This was some very good information for me to look at. Especially since I am doing agility with Relic. We are currently working on the basics and he is not really jumping anything with the bars set at 4. My agility instructor has very strict rules about the age of puppies and splits the beginners class in 2 according to age. :)
     
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    Jocu was also marker- he's been so much better since the neuter..
     

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