Your vet may suggest that you spay (female) or neuter (male) your dog at 4-6 months of age or before her first “heat cycle.” Shelter and rescue organizations sterilize or “fix” puppies and kittens at 4-6 weeks of age. New research suggests neither of these approaches are the best for the long term good health of dogs.
Since giant breeds like Great Danes, Mastiffs, Irish Wolfhounds, St. Bernards, and Newfoundlands mature slower, especially skeletal maturation, this research may imply that these breeds be neutered even later.
What Problems Does Early Neutering Cause?
In a recent study in German Shepherds and an earlier study in Golden Retrievers, sexual alteration before 1 year was associated with a higher risk of:(abnormal hipjoint development)
Spaying or neutering after 1 year can, however, increase the risk of:
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