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Old 05-05-2009, 01:13 PM
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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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Old 05-05-2009, 01:14 PM
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i DO however worry about keeping adult males intact if there not to be used for breeding as it can cause prostate issues.
Actually contrary to what you would think.. neutering INCREASES the risk of prostate cancers

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On the negative side, neutering male dogs
if done before 1 year of age, significantly increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer); this is a
common cancer in medium/large and larger breeds with a poor prognosis.
increases the risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 1.6
triples the risk of hypothyroidism
increases the risk of progressive geriatric cognitive impairment
triples the risk of obesity, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems
quadruples the small risk (<0.6%) of prostate cancer
doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract cancers
increases the risk of orthopedic disorders
increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations
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Old 05-05-2009, 01:32 PM
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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
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Old 05-05-2009, 01:42 PM
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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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Old 05-05-2009, 01:48 PM
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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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Actually contrary to what you would think.. neutering INCREASES the risk of prostate cancers
True, but ~

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This needs to be put in perspective. Unlike the situation in humans, prostate cancer is uncommon in dogs. Given an incidence of prostate cancer in dogs of less than 0.6% from necropsy studies7, it is difficult to see that the risk of prostate cancer should factor heavily into most neutering decisions. There is evidence for an increased risk of prostate cancer in at least one breed (Bouviers)5, though very little data so far to guide us in regards to other breeds.
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:01 PM
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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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Old 05-06-2009, 02:05 AM
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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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Old 05-06-2009, 02:30 AM
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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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