Is neutering a dog early bad for them?
We got my dog neutered at exactly 8 weeks thinking that would be the best for behavior problems etc. I didn’t do enough research on it and recently I’ve been reading neutering your dog early could lead to health problems. Now I feel really bad about the decision. Is it true neutering at 8 weeks isn’t good for them? Is there anything to do to help him be more healthy?
- 8 months agoFavourite answer
• "Is neutering a dog early bad for them?"
• "Is neutering a dog early bad for IT?"
• "Is neutering DOGS early bad for them?"
but in general the answer is definitely "YES", although it doesn't result in EVERY neutered-too-young pooch being afflicted with one or more of the bad consequences.
The first problem is that the hormones produced by the gonads (the ovaries or the testicles) manage the growth of the bones, and also send a signal to STOP the growth-plates in each bone all stop adding length at the same, so that the various bones SYNCHRONISE the stopping. WITHOUT those hormones being produced by the gonads, some parts of each joint stop too soon, others grow too long and so rub against the bone they are supposed to glide along, causing arthritis or worse.
https://nationalpurebreddogday.com/before-you-do-s... tries to show you where the growth plates are, but the lettering is too tiny for my aged eyes.
But there are other possible problems. Study: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.13...
If you want more, clicking https://www.google.com/search?&q=research+into+eff... produces just under 5 million sites. Ignore the "private" ones - focus on the government reports and the university research studies.
Of your first 5 answerers, [Jojo] is the only one I have any respect for. (Could it be because both she & I are intelligent enough to own & TRAIN the most versatile breed of all, the GSD aka German Shepherd Dog aka Deutscher Schäferhund aka Berger Allemand?)
If you and the first person to reply wish to be taken seriously, you must stop being cowards hiding behind the [Anonymous] loved by idiots, obsessives, points thieves, ranters, trolls.
Display the avatar YOU chose and the username YOU chose (just as I chose a doctored portrait of myself as my avatar, and the username "King Les"), and display your Qs&As so that we can SEE how sensible or stupid you are, and whether you "play the game" honestly by choosing the BEST Answer (Verizon > Oath has stupidly changed it to "Favourite Answer) within a week - a fortnight at the latest - of asking a question.
• "We got my dog neutered at exactly 8 weeks thinking that would be the best for behavior problems etc. I didn’t do enough research on it and recently I’ve been reading neutering your dog early could lead to health problems. Now I feel really bad about the decision. Is it true neutering at 8 weeks isn’t good for them?"
Yes. As you will know if you've STUDIED the web-pages [Jojo] and I have supplied for you.
• "Is there anything to do to help him be more healthy?"
You haven't stated his AGE, BREED (or breed mix), and what FUNCTIONS he is supposed to perform for you.
So all I can suggest is CONTROL his food intake so that he doesn't get over-weight, doesn't become skinny; CONTROL him so he does not clamber onto & jump off furniture etc, and doesn't do ANY jumping before his breed's equivalent of a GSD's 18 months bone maturity.
I've already used Y!A's stingy limit of 3 hot-links per answer, so if you want to see the Diet Sheet my GSD puppy buyers find on the back of their pet's pedigree, copy & paste
into your browser's web-address field.
Unless he is so inbred that he develops an allergy to pasteurised milk from cows, I recommend that at least one meal a day has real milk poured over it. Bea licked up every last smear of milk before bothering with the kibbles she got as her breakfast.
King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950, GSD breeder & trainer since 1968
- JojoLv 78 months ago
Of course its `bad` and castrating a puppy of 8 weeks old is nothing short of butchering it. Dogs need ALL their full hormones to achieve maximum growth and strong bones and joints , at least until they are fully mature and the growth plates have closed.Info: https://www.doglistener.co.uk/medical/neuter.shtml
Just don`t allow your pup to get too fat at any time and exercise him regularly and train him and he will be ok of course.
People who agree with butchering an 8 week old pup in my opinion, have the worse kind of ignorance a dog owner can possess.Source(s): GSD owner for 57 years. (UK)
- Star_of_DarknessLv 78 months ago
Its been well proven that early neuter has NO ill affects on dogs or cats. It doesn't affect the bones or growth or anything
Millions and millions are neutered early and are just fine. If the so called studies were true, then were are millions of dogs and cats with issues that resulted directly from early neuter? There are none
- 8 months ago
No, neutering early will not lead to health problems.
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- Anonymous8 months ago
Baloney ! 8 weeks is a perfectly fine age to neuter a dog. If you're going to troll. DO SOME RESEARCH FIRST !
- Anonymous8 months ago
You imply that it isn't bad at any time