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When to neuter a Puppy?

When to neuter a puppy?

Neutering or castration is the removal of testicles of an animal. The surgical procedure, which takes about 30-40 minutes, is commonly performed on dogs and cats.

For dogs’ cases, the main reason why dog owners have their pets neutered is obviously to prevent reproduction. But the operation could also be driven by behavioral or medical concerns.

It is believed that a neutered dog becomes less aggressive, happier, homebody and receptive. Indeed, dogs’ hormonal attitudes changes generally occurred sometime after castration. However, owners cannot always expect a total improvement on their dogs especially if their pets’ attitude problems were brought by improper training.

Often, health-conscious owners opt for neutering to protect their pets from acquiring medical conditions such as hernias, tumors and prostate cancer.

Breed, health condition and maturity are taken into consideration before performing neutering. The operation is not advised on newborn puppies. At 6-14 weeks of age, a puppy’s testicles have completely settled already. At this state, a puppy is fit for neutering already. However, most veterinarians still recommend that the procedure should be done on dogs 4 to 6 months of age as they have already reached puberty by that time.

There are claims that premature neutering is safe and will not affect a dog’s growth. These are not true. A dog that has been neutered at such an early stage is actually at risk of being obese, sluggish, small-chested and leggy. Developing a thin skull and acquiring bone and ligament problems are also consequences of an untimely castration. While neutering as early as possible might not be a good idea, doing it too late may also bring negative effects on dogs. Delaying the procedure will increase the chances of a dog having a prostate cancer and thyroid abnormalities. Obesity is also possible.

Despite the fact that recovery after the operation mostly happens in a matter of hours after the procedure itself, complications such as excessive bleeding, infection, anesthesia reaction and bruising along the way are not far from possible.

Timing is everything as they say it and when it comes to a medical procedure, it’s the opinion of the specialist that matters the most. Communicate well with your veterinarian if you are planning to have your pet neutered. The information you’ll provide will ultimately help the veterinarian determine when the best time to neuter your beloved pet is.

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