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How soon can you castrate?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Broxdown, Jan 21, 2008.


  1. Broxdown

    Broxdown PetForums Junior

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    Neighbour has a young labrador, approx 7 months old. Both of his 'bits' are down, how soon can he be neutered?
     
  2. Broxdown

    Broxdown PetForums Junior

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    Can anyone help on this one?
     
  3. Jenny Olley

    Jenny Olley PetForums VIP

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    The vet would probably be happy to do it now. If it were my dog I would wait until the dog is fully grown and his character fully formed.
     
  4. Brainless

    Brainless Guest

    Here is an article on the long term effects of neutering.

    On balance for male dogs there are fewer positives than negatives on the health front.
    http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongTermHealthEffectsOfSpayNeuterInDogs.pdf

    So unless you have entire bitches in your home or family, a lot of loose bitches roaming your area, or your dog is getting into fights with other males, there is no good reason to castrate at all.

    If you are going to do it I would say wait until all the bones are grown, which is usually about 14 months for the stifle and upperarm which are the last to grow to their proper length, the sex hormones do affect growth, especially bone density, chest width and length of long bones.

    If the reason for considering castration are the adolescents discovery of his sex, and behaving in an embarrassing sexy fashion, what needs to be membered that an adolescent canine has five times the testosterone levels of a mature dog, this is in order to develop the male sexual characteristics, and the levels drop off after puberty and it's effects will calm down. When a dog of this age is castrated it will also take up to 6 months for the desired loss of over sexed behaviour, so you may as well wait for the natural drop.

    The best option for unwanted behaviour is training.
     
  5. Brainless

    Brainless Guest

    Not only do the long bones keep growing if castrated before puberty, but in large and giant breeds the lack of chest development and the lesser bone density can cause problems.

    I think the traditional age of 6 months has evolved as it is often before male behaviours like leg cocking are established, and this has been for human convenience rather than for any benefit to the dog.
     
  6. Tina

    Tina Guest

    If both have dropped then now
     
  7. DalmatianHQ

    DalmatianHQ PetForums Newbie

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    You could of had him done when he was 12+weeks vets say 6months because of the anasphetic(spelling?)
     
  8. dad 2 a welshie

    dad 2 a welshie PetForums Junior

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    My vet recomended around 12 months to get some testosterone flowing and then do him, He had to be done as neither testicles dropped. But i think it would vary from vet to vet to be quite honest.
    I would go with whatever the vet recomends.
     
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