Unless you’re planning to breed dogs, which you really shouldn’t because there is already a tragic oversupply that leads to thousands of healthy dogs being put down every year, then you should get your pet spayed or neutered.
What I want to talk about today is an important detail in this process that often gets overlooked, and that is the timing.
Since WW2, there has been a general consensus on getting your dog fixed within the 6-9 month age range.That is primarily focused on preventing any risk of reproduction as the animals enter adolescence. It did not take into consideration any of the effects on your dog’s health.
This is a problem because early fixing interferes with your dog’s physical development. These development issues can include:
- Fur Discoloration
- Abnormal Bone Development: Sex hormones control the deactivation and reabsorption of growth plates. Early fixing can leave these active and cause growth disorders.
- Hip Dysplasia
Aside from this, the incorrect hormonal balance can increase the risks of serious illnesses as well. These include:
- Bone Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Cardiac Tumors
- Increased risk of ACL ruptures
To reduce these risks, you should wait at least 12 months before getting your dog fixed. It is up to you to make sure your dog does not get the opportunity to mate during adolescence. Your pet’s health comes first.