Are Rescue groups as well as Shelters Neutering Puppies as well Young?


I want to address a couple problems as well as begin an truthful discussion on neutering puppies as well young.

My concerns are:

1. How young is as well young to spay or neuter a puppy?

2. Are rescue groups as well as shelters making the best option by spaying as well as neutering puppies that are as young as 8 weeks old?

I’ll get my viewpoint out of the method first, however please share yours as well.

And please be kind to every other in the comments. That Mutt welcomes different opinions however not cruel comments.

Are rescue groups neutering puppies as well young?

My opinion: Yes.

There are pros as well as cons to spaying or neutering a canine at any type of age, however for a puppy as young as 8 weeks, I believe the prospective health and wellness dangers outweigh the prospective benefits.

I comprehend where rescues as well as shelters are coming from. If you neuter the 8-week-old puppy before he gets adopted, there’s no possibility he’s going to breed.

As a prospective adopter myself, I would choose to make my own decision about when to spay or neuter an adopted puppy after consulting with a veterinarian.

I don’t want a rescue group making that decision for me. I want the best to make the very best decision for my own canine or puppy.

While having fewer homeless dogs would resolve a great deal of problems, don’t rescue groups as well as canine owners have a obligation to make the very best options for the dogs or puppies directly in front of us?

Please, let me understand what you think. Are shelters as well as rescues spaying as well as neutering puppies as well young?

Have any type of of you embraced a puppy from a rescue group or shelter? Was that puppy already spayed or neutered? Did you get any type of state in the matter? as well as did you care?

At this point, a few of you may be wondering about the prospective health and wellness dangers of spaying as well as neutering. I’ve written a whole publish on the pros as well as cons of spaying as well as neutering here, but I’ll do my finest to summarize it a bit:

Health benefits of spaying or neutering a puppy or dog

Removing certain body parts is going to decrease a dog’s risk of specific diseases.

If you neuter a male dog, he’s not going to get testicular cancer.
If you eliminate a female dog’s uterus as well as ovaries, she’s not going to establish ovarian cancer or an infected uterus (pyometra).
Without ovaries, she won’t be able to produce estrogen, so her danger of breast cancer decreases. There’s much more information on this in Ted Kerasote book “Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs (which you ought to read).

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Health dangers of spaying or neutering a puppy or dog

Removing a dog’s sex organs may result in an enhanced danger of specific cancers as well as other health and wellness issues.

There are a great deal of examples, however right here are some:

Spayed or neutered large-breed dogs are much more likely to get bone cancer, according to Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian I interviewed. This is since sex hormones may assist in bone-cancer prevention, as well as numerous vets now suggest waiting to spay or neuter large-breed dogs up until they are 1 year old.
In a study on golden retrievers, males neutered before 12 months were three times as likely to get lymphosarcoma. (More on that study here)
The exact same research study likewise discovered males neutered before 1 year old were twice as likely to get hip dysplasia.
Spayed as well as neutered dogs are much more likely to tear their ACLs, according to Kerasote in “Pukka’s Promise.”
Their danger of bladder cancer increases, Kerasote wrote. And, spayed women are much more likely than intact women to have urinary incontinence.
A research study of female Rottweilers found dogs spayed after age 6 were 4.6 times much more likely to online to age 13 than those spayed at a younger age (more on that here).
In a research study on vizslas, dogs modified at any type of age were much more likely to establish mast cell cancer, lymphoma as well as other cancers, according to Dr. Karen Becker. (Full research study here)

“One doesn’t requirement to be a veterinarian or a physiologist to suspect that eliminating hormone-producing organs has a profound impact on a body’s physiology,” composed Dr. Patricia McConnell on her blog The other end of the Leash.

Estrogens impact the brain, bones, skin, hair, the urinary tract, the heart and blood vessels, mucous membranes as well as pelvic muscles, she wrote. Androgens created in the testes play a function in muscle mass as well as skeletal development.

Note that advocacy groups such as the ASPCA say it’s risk-free to spay as well as neuter puppies as well as kittens as young as 8 weeks old, as well as that is where a great deal of rescue groups, shelters as well as canine owners opt for their information.

So what age ought to a puppy be neutered?

Every canine is an private as well as may deal with different health and wellness dangers based on breed, genetics as well as other factors.

What’s finest for one canine or puppy may not necessarily be finest for another. Each canine owner has to make the very best decision for his or her own canine after consulting with a veterinarian.

Personally, I would choose to wait as well as have a puppy spayed or neutered when he or she is at least a year old as well as had a possibility to mature, particularly if the pup is a big breed. however that doesn’t imply that’s the very best decision for all dogs.

What age to spay or neuter a weimaraner?

I added a weimaraner puppy to my household in 2016, as well as I selected to have him neutered when he was 10 months old after consulting with his breeder as well as our vet.

My decision to have my weimaraner neutered at 10 months came down to:

Being enabled to interact socially at the canine daycare facility we utilized at the time. They needed male dogs over a specific age to be neutered.
Neutered male dogs were showing aggression towards Remy at our regional canine beach as well as I was concerned it may begin to have a unfavorable impact on Remy’s own behavior.
Remy was humping the canine beds at house as well as sometimes humping me. This habits stopped as soon as we had him neutered.
I really hoped there would be a small possibility he would be a bit much more calm as well as workable if he were neutered. Surprise, this had no impact whatsoever. field bred weims are field bred weims!

So, ideally, I desire I would’ve waited a bit longer however it worked out just fine.

What age to spay or neuter a lab puppy?

We just got a male lab puppy, as well as ideally I would choose not to have him neutered whatsoever for health and wellness reasons. Labs are prone to joint issues as well as Rip will ideally be an active canine included in agility, hunting as well as running. (Although he is quite calm, practically lazy, as a puppy!)

I am available to getting our lab neutered if he starts to have behavioral problems such as aggression, extreme humping or marking in the house.

But I believe great deals of socialization as well as training can avoid these issues. Time will tell.

I do not have a issue neutering Rip for behavioral problems if it is finest however ideally we can wait up until he is at least 12 months old or even 2 years old.

I’ll update this publish when the time comes.

I’m thankful the present canine daycare we utilize does not need males to be neutered in purchase to interact socially as long as they show they are well behaved, just like any type of other dog. They do not put two intact males together, so it includes a bit much more juggling for them as well as I appreciate their efforts.

What if your puppy was already neutered at 8 weeks old when you got him?

If your embraced canine was already neutered when he was 8 weeks old, don’t worry.

Whether or not a canine was spayed or neutered as well as at what age is only one element in the lifetime health and wellness of the dog. Your puppy is likely going to be just fine!

Are rescue groups wrong to neuter puppies at 8 weeks old?

Rescue groups will continue to do what they want, as they should. They are independent groups that ought to make their own decisions.

There is such an incredibly high demand for “rescue puppies” best now that adopters will continue lining as much as embrace them no matter what.

For example, rescue groups in San Diego are charging $700 for mixed breed rescue puppies, as well as adopters do not bat an eye.

I’ve been at these events as a volunteer as well as witnessed this with my own eyes. The puppies get embraced practically immediately.

Those of us who do not want our puppies modified so early have the option to go to a breeder or elsewhere.

Still, I hope much more of these groups will consider the future health and wellness of the private puppies rather than pushing for early sterilization of all puppies.

One commonsense method is to need puppy adopters to pay a refundable spay/neuter deposit with the contract that they will spay/neuter the puppy when age appropriate.

I like that approach. It’s what a few of the groups were doing when I resided in Fargo, N.D., as well as itworked well. It goes a long method when rescues as well as shelters count on adopters to do the best thing. many people imply well as well as truly try their best.

But sufficient from me …

What do you believe about early spaying as well as neutering of puppies?

*Please be kind to every other in the comments. say thanks to you!*

Other excellent articles on this topic:

Reasons not to spay as well as neuter (my blog)
Is spaying/neutering the healthiest option for my dog? (my blog)
Just stop breeding up until the pounds are empty (Some thoughts about Dogs)
The pet overpopulation myth (my blog)

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