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Neutering age

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by LotsaDots, Jan 7, 2021.


  1. LotsaDots

    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    I know there have been a few threads about this over the years but I'm just looking for some current advice/experience.
    Billy is 6 months old next week (JRT)
    I was going to leave him maybe until 18 months or so before I get him castrated but we have been asked a few times if I plan to use him as a stud (I don't!) and now my husband is worried he is more desirable to thieves intact.
    I don't leave him unattended but he is off the lead in open spaces. He's probably being paranoid but it did get me thinking.
    He's also only got 1 testicle at the moment (Billy not the husband!) so not sure if that means I should get him done sooner or leave it and wait for the other one to drop.
     
  2. ShibaPup

    ShibaPup PetForums VIP

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    Ideally speak to your vet - undescended testicles can cause issues, it should've descended by now if he is 6 months old. A vet will give him a check over and see if they can feel where the undescended testicle is, the only treatment is to neuter.

    Plus being a small breed you don't really have to wait until 18 months old - it's more of an issue for larger breeds :)
     
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    Boxer123 PetForums VIP

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    Loki had an undescended testicle we waited until 18 months because he was a large breed but you can probably go ahead earlier. It can be a cancer risk if left.
     
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    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    Thanks my mum was a veterinary nurse and when she checked a couple of weeks back she couldn't feel the 2nd one. I don't really know why I was waiting to be honest just different things I've heard and read I guess. He doesn't have any behavioural issues beyond the normal teenage bratty stuff!
     
  5. LotsaDots

    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    Thanks we will definitely get him done, it's just a question of when. My mum has 2 intact bitches so it's not even an option to leave him (he spends a lot of time there under normal circumstances)
    The vet advised at his vaccination it would probably drop by 6 months so I'm still hopeful!
     
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    Boxer123 PetForums VIP

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    Bless Loki’s never appeared !
     
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    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    Thinking about it, as we are in lockdown I don't know if vets are even performing routine procedures?
     
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    Boxer123 PetForums VIP

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    Mine are you just can’t go in with them.
     
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  9. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    I would say that an undescended testicle is more important than a routine neutering. But vets are still going ahead with everything, it's just it now has to be done with all the lockdown procedures in place.
     
  10. Emlar

    Emlar PetForums Member

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    Depends where you live I think. I'm in Wales and our vets sent out a message that said "Due to this evenings Governments lockdown regulation announcement We are sorry to say that non essential appointments will be postponed , this includes any nuetering procedures that may have been booked in."
     
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