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Hi, can anyone give me some advice about neutering, i have had different opinions so i am unsure what to do.

The vet told me to get Cooper neutered at 6 months old.

Someone told me that it will waste his nature and he will never be the same dog again.

Another person told me that it will stop him ever running away.

So i am unsure, he is now over 7 months old.

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Hmm.....everyone has their own opinion on spaying/neutering. I'm all for it if you have no intention of breeding your dog. On the other hand, if Kia was spayed, we wouldn't be getting a puppy in 3 weeks!!! :confused:

I guess when it comes right down to it, I've heard SO many stories of dogs being just as spry and spunky after being fixed than before. I would discuss it with your vet and if he/she can give you 3 valid reasons to do it, then I would go for it.

We plan to have the puppy spayed at 6 months, since we have no intention of breeding her and would rather not have to worry about her going into heat.

We neutered our bunny because it prevents territorial spraying and can help reduce certain types of uterine tract cancers when he gets older. He's very spry and curious but has never sprayed, which is a good thing.

Again, it comes down to personal opinion. I know that's not much help, but thought I would give you my 2 cents.
 

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It is safer from a medical standpoint to neuter young. They heal quicker, etc.

It will not drastically alter their personality...except mine doesn't hump my kids anymore....:D

It will not keep him from running away....leashes and fences do that.

Neutering prevents testicular cancer. It prevents unwanted litters. It is the responsible decision if you are not a breeder.

I neutered both of my male dogs and have never regreted it.
 

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In my opinion, all dogs not intended for breeding should be neutered.

As long as you keep your dog at a healthy weight by feeding the proper amount of food, there is no reason your dog should become fat and lazy after neutering.

As for when.....it is my opinion that dogs should basically be done growing before they are neutered. Neutering eliminates the sex hormones that determine when an animal should stop growing. Therefore, if you neuter early, your dog will grow longer than it should. You may not care if your dog gets to be rather leggy and tall, but I am sure there other ill effects as well.

Some POTENTIAL benefits of neutering your dog:
less aggressive towards other dogs and people
won't mark on everything
less likely to want to escape and roam
reduced chance of developing certain cancers later in life

To find more info, try doing a search for something like "pros and cons of neutering dogs".
 

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BTW, I had my male GR neutered at 16 months. That was when he started trying to hump people's legs. I took him in the day after I saw him start that nonsense and had him neutered, and he has never done it since.
 

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haha i know exactly what u are going through. I Finally got my dog neutered at 10 months. I was told mnay things but i decided i would get him done, I think its best to get him done because he has a slim to none chance of getting cancer down there. It keeps him safer.
 

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I can't agree with neutering or spaying dogs. Not only is this completely unnecessary, but it can create changes in temperament and some other behavioral problems.
Please, talk to your vet to give you any other valid point other than the fact he is humping on your leg. You can train him not to do that.
And, please... Cancer is caused by stress, bad diet, lack of excerise and sleep... Don't prevent testicular cancer by cutting testicals off.
Cellia
 

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This is a pretty good link discussing the benefits of neutering.

http://www.angelfire.com/biz4/MastiffBreeder/main4page3aSpayandNeuter.html


I tried to find the link that discusses in depth the negative aspect of it, but couldn't. Cellia, if you have some good links, please post them.

A couple potential negative aspects are urinary incontinence in females, and neutered dogs can be more prone to osteosarcoma. I do agree with Cellia that cancer can possibly be prevented with proper diet and environment, but not always.
 

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I found this article in American Hunter magazine (DEC/2002):

The case for neutering a male dog is, in my opinion, a less persuasive one on medical grounds. No health benefits of any consequence result from removal of testicles. In fact, to do so before full sexual maturity can result in serious developmental deficits. Males need the hormones to mature physically. According to my vet, there is no conclusive evidence that neutering influences aggressive behavior, a common trait for which neutering is considered. However, the annoying problem of male dogs "humping" other dogs, people's legs, or furniture is usually eliminated by neutering. So is urinating on furniture to mark territory. A neutered male will likely lose his sex drive along with the ability to sire puppies. It is a decision that should be reviewed with a veterinarian to assess likely beneficial outcomes.
Owners should consider not only their convenience, but the long-term health of the dog and the broader concerns of the genetic pool when deciding whether to fix an animal. In preparing this article I spent an hour with our veterinarian who has attended several generations of our dogs. Doctor Kartes shared the knowledge of research, clinical experience, and social responsibility in the complicated world of people and dogs. I would urge any owner to talk with their veterinary practitioner before making a decision.

Cellia
 

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I had Shadow desexed when he was 5 months of age. He's had no problems at all as a result of that operation.
He was full of beans when I picked him up from the vets, and his wound healed well.
He doesn't spray anywhere, just does a funny sort of leaning forward squat when he wee's. However, he still 'humps' my Jessie at times, but I was told that sometimes male dogs will do that to try to exert their dominance over another dog, ie try to get the message across that he's the alpha dog, and not Jessie. [Jessie is the eldest, and the alpha out of the 2]

Jessie was desexed at a year of age. She too is fine, no aftereffects.

My personal opinion is that it's the sensible thing to do if you don't want to breed, but that's just me.
 

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When a male dog gets neutered, his testicles are removed.
I know we are talking about dogs, but would you allow this to happen to your human fellow? Dog vasectomy should be a choice.
 

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Hi - I've had three goldens so far and I've had each of them spayed or neutered. I didn't see any difference in their loving nature, exuberance or anything. Nala liked to give me a run for my money by letting herself out of the yard any chance she got both before and after she was spayed. (Smart dog! She could open gates and doors anytime she wanted.) I had Shane neutered when he was six months - the only difference I've ever noted in him is that he still squats (he's 7 yrs. now). I've never seen him lift his leg.

I too, think it's the responsible thing to do unless you're planning to breed them.
 

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Here is some information I found for against neutering:

To Neuter/Spay or Not? Cancer?
1. Clinical and pathologic features of prostatic adenocarcinoma in sexually intact and castrated dogs: 31 cases (1970-1987) Ford W. Bell, DVM; Jeffery S. Klausner, DVM, MS; David W. Hayden, DVM, PhD; Daniel A. Feeney, DVM, MS; Shirley D. Johnston, DVM, PhD;
Dept. of Small Animal Clinical Sci; College of Veterinary Medicine; University of Minnesota; 1352 Boyd Ave.; St. Paul, MN 55108
"Castrated dogs had a 2.38 times greater risk of developing prostatic cancer than intact dogs when compared with the hospital population."
2. Prostatic disorders in the dog. Anim Reprod Sci 60-61[]:405-15 2000 Jul 2 36 Refs
Johnston SD, Kamolpatana K, Root-Kustritz MV, Johnston GR "Two studies suggest that risk of prostatic adenocarcinoma is increased in neutered, compared to intact male dogs."
3. Reuters Health News Article: "Dog Study Suggests Hormones Linked to
Bone Cancer".
"In a study of 745 purebred rottweilers, Dr. B. C. Beranek and colleagues from the departments of veterinary clinical science and veterinary pathology found that 15% of all the dogs developed bone cancer. However, the risk of bone cancer was 65% higher for castrated males and 34% higher for spayed females." Further on in this study, it was noted the risk of cancer in Rotties neutered before 18 months was higher than it was after that age.
4.Dr. Mary Wakeman, a specialist in canine reproduction: "The situation in dogs (male dogs), is not equivalent. It is no longer medically justifiable to castrate dogs for prevention of cancer. The overwhelming mass of data to the contrary can no longer be ignored, and
publications are out there so that no veterinarian can use the excuse of ignorance. Castration predisposes to highly malignant prostatic cancer. Nearly all ogs afflicted with this nasty tumor are neutered individuals. Testicular cancers are very rare and almost always benign. Perianal adenoma can be treated by castration if and when it arises. It too is benign although messy."
http://www.showdogsupersite.com/kenlclub/breedvet/neutr.html
* * * * My feelings on the subject are that neutering/spaying should be something each caregiver gives serious thought to before making this decision. If you are going to have this sugery performed make sure you consider all of the possiblities before making this decision. I recommend you at least let them have one or two heats before spaying and for males I recommend you wait until they are two years old if at all possible.
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Wow, what a hot topic!

;) My golden is 4 mos and for me the question is not whether to - its when. The breeder advised not to neuter until 1 year old. The Vet recommends 6 mos. I am leaning toward waiting until 1 year or at least splitting the difference at 9 mos. I guess I want to give him a chance to mature - and I certainly don't want him to grow bigger than he's supposed to. The difference of 3 or 6 mos is not likely to be the cause or avoidance of cancer. If he continues to squat to pee his whole life, I'm totally fine with that.
 

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I would listen to your breeder. If I got another male and if I were going to get him neutered, I would wait until he was about 18 months.
 

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We've been advised by our vet to think of having Charlie our puppy neutered at a later date as unfortunatly he only has 1 testicle the other hasnt dropped.He has said that it could still drop :crossfing .Its not going to be a problem as we arent thinking of breeding him and he is still the perfect little puppy :heartbeat
 

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is it true that the reason male goldens lose some of there hair on their tale is because they are not neutered do they have a gland there that acts up if they do not have sex
 

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my vet told me that my male golden retriever has a bald spot on his tale because he is not neutered she said it is a gland that acts up when a male is not active or is not neutered do you know if that isd true or not
 

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good topic and glad to see there are folks on both sides of it..
the only think I have to add is that Casey was spayed at 4 yrs... we were forced to due to an infection.. and I worried about how it would affect her.. there was not one single solitary change in personality or her drive as a competitive retriever..
 

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very good arguments for both sides.... we had Bear fixed at 5 months...i havent seen any difference in temperment or activity, he has never humped or lifted a leg to pee. would i do it again???? i think i would wait till he was older, he has grown very large (but both parents were on the large side too) and if i had know all about everythig i would have waited till he matured more....well, that my two cents
 
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