Friday, December 28, 2007

The timing of spay/neuter

Blue Run PWDs has a delayed spay/neuter policy specifying that pets are not to be neutered before reaching 14 months of age. This flies in the face of what most veterinarians recommend. They routinely advise neutering at 6 months of age.
Puppies need to mature before neutering to prevent spay incontinence in females and to allow joints and ligaments to mature in both sexes. PWDs are slow to mature and they continue to develop both deeper chests and broader skulls as they get older, making them more consistent with the breed standard. Premature neutering results in leggy dogs with slender chests and unimpressive heads. The following is a site with a balanced discussion of the pros and cons of early neutering. It is well worth reading regardless of what breed you may have.


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