New research provides insight as to why some people cherish their pets more than relationships with other people – and how it can be a good thing.
Thereâs the rub. While the AVMA pointedly supports the procedure specifically within the context of the goal of preventing pet overpopulation, it deftly skirts the issue of safety altogether, stopping well short of advocating its application in all instances.
In fact,Â recent researchÂ has raised questions about traditional age sterilization. And plenty of really smart veterinarians even wonder whether spays and neuters in dogs should even be performed as elective surgeries at all.
Lots of veterinarians seem to agree. In fact, US shelter veterinarians seem united in their advocacy of prepubertal gonadectomy (also referred to as âprepuberal gonadectomyâ) as an effective weapon in the war against pet overpopulation. In fact, even the leading veterinary organization, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)Â agreesÂ itâs a worthy approach:
Itâs better to spay a bird in the hand, isnât it? (You know what I mean.)
What is the best age to neuter a male dog?
The recommended age to neuter a male dog is between six and nine months. However, some pet owners have this procedure done at four months. Smaller dogs reach puberty sooner and can often have the procedure done sooner. Larger breeds may need to wait longer in order to properly develop before being neutered.
Is 4 months too early to spay a puppy?
Heather Oxford, of L.A. veterinary hospital California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE), on board to answer your questions about your pet’s health and well-being. … Unleashed: L.A.’s recent spay/neuter law mandates that pet dogs and cats be sterilized by the time they’re 4 months old.
The most recent research has shown that spaying and neutering pets as puppies and kittens can affect their growth. Early spaying and neutering increases the length of time that the bones grow, which results in a taller pet.