10 reasons NOT to neuter your dog early

Spaying and neutering your pet is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. Too often veterinarians pressure pet owners to get it done as soon as possible. Sometimes even within a few weeks after birth. This is not entirely their fault as it is something they are thought by the veterinary school they received their education from.

According to this veterinary tech career site, many top vet tech programs follow government guideline recommendations to get funding and free grants to their schools.

This is inhumane. Imagine taking out the reproductive organs a of a child just so he or she does not impregnate someone or accidentally get pregnant. Do you believe he or she will grow normal, or as many vets like to believe, healthier, stronger, and live longer?! I don’t think so.

After doing a lot of research on veterinary spaying & neutering procedures and reading on this topic from a number of research sources and animal health care sites, I decided to compile a list of the ten most common health risks you are subjecting your pet to when spaying or neutering them too early.

A good compromise would be to wait 1 to 3 years (after their puberty age) and then alter them.

10 reasons NOT to fix your dog early:

  1. Hip Dysplasia – Soft tissues, such as ligaments, connective tissue, and muscles that support the hip joint, start to weaken and create a separation between the hip bones.
  2. Heart Tumors – Study after study showed that intact dogs were 5x less likely to develop heart tumor.
  3. Abnormalities in Bone Growth & Development – Removing a dog’s reproductive system means you are messing with their hormones and hormone pathways. This results with larger dogs, that unlike many who believe the dog is stronger and healthier because of it, is in fact the very opposite. The dog’s bigger body frame is detrimental to the dog’s health.
  4. Higher Risk of ACL Ruptures – Similar to heart tumors, fixed dogs show a higher rate of ruptures in their ligaments.
  5. Hypothyroidism – Increased risk of this disease is more specific to Golden Retrievers than any other breed.
  6. Infectious Diseases – Dogs that were altered earlier had a higher rate of contracting infections diseases like heartworm, and parvovirus.
  7. Adverse Reactions to VaccinesA study by the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation showed that early alteration correlated with higher cases of side effects from vaccination.
  8. Secondary Anesthetic Procedures for Toy Breeds – Try to plan removing their molar teeth around the same time of fixing them to avoid putting a toy breed under anesthetic more than necessary. It can cause irreversible damages to their miniature body frame.
  9. Bone Cancer – Dogs that were altered before age 1 developed bone cancer more frequently. This study was done on Rottweilers, but is applicable to other breeds as well.
  10. Prostate Cancer – This is one of the main reasons vets tout the need for fixing your pet early. A study by Michigan State University proved that prostate cancer in dogs had no correlation to altering spaying or neutering them early.

You can decide on your own whether you are going to fix your dog or leave them intact. But before you do, take the above health risks into consideration and then decided if it’s worth doing it early or waiting until after your pet reaches puberty.