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    Is neutering your dog a bad thing afterall?

    Hi Everyone,
    I own a neutered 8 month old Dogo Argentino puppy that was neutered at 6 months.
    I read that neutering your dog (especially large breeds) at a young age can lead to abnormal bone growth and development among other things and I am kinda worried...

    Below is text from the website( http://www.pet-informed-veterinary-a...neutering.html )
    What do you think?

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    Loss of testosterone as a result of desexing may result in immature development of masculine characteristics and a reduced body musculature:
    The testicles are responsible for producing testosterone: the hormone that makes male animals look and act like male animals. It is the testicles that make male animals develop the kinds of masculine, testosterone-dependent body characteristics normally attributed to an entire animal. These include: increased muscle size and development; reduced body fat; mature penis development; mature prepuce development (mature penis sheath development); the ability to extrude the penis from the sheath (prepuce) and the suppression of development of feminine characteristics (mammary gland development, milk production etc.). Desexing, particularly early age desexing, may limit the development of mature masculine features such that they remain immature and juvenile looking and cause the neutered animal to have a reduced muscle mass and strength compared to an entire animal of the same size and breeding.

    4. Loss of testosterone as a result of desexing may result in delayed growth plate closure:
    Animals that have been desexed early in life (before the age of 12 months) tend to exhibit delayed closure of their growth plates. Growth plates are the cartilage bands located in the ends of the animal's long bones, which are responsible for making the bones grow and elongate during juvenile bone development and formation. As a result of delayed growth plate closure, desexed animals will often be taller and longer in limb than entire male animals. Whether this increase in bone length should be considered a problem or benefit really depends on the individual owner, but some people choose not to desex animals early because of it (i.e. there is a concern that these animals may be more prone to orthopedic injuries).
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    Re: Is neutering your dog a bad thing afterall?

    It can. On male dogs it seems to have a big impact on their growth and development. 2 of my rescues were neutered young. Flash was neutered at 5 months old and he has muscle structure issues and very small male parts. Seems ok otherwise he is a good size so it did not effect his growth. He is very healthy from a medical standpoint. and has no pain or anything and he is middle aged.

    Vader was neutered at 8 months old. and He also has issues with his muscle structure and small male parts. but he has strong legs a good frame. He is healthy and active. and very large. I am sure if he had been intact for 2 years his muscle structure would have been much more defined. but he looks as he should otherwise.

    I worry about neutering young effecting dogs that already have a threat for genetic issues involving the hips and stuff.

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    There IS alot of contreversy about this! I had neutered my last dog at age 5 months(he did have alot of joint issues, but he came from a very poor Breeder)-- we are holding off on neutering our 14month old Bernese Mt dog at this point-- I dont worry about his penis size or anything (that is NOT important to me at all!) but he is large heavy breed known to have alot of joint issues and this I want to avoid!

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    Re: Is neutering your dog a bad thing afterall?

    Yes, I've read a ton on this, too.

    There isn't a medical need to neuter your dog as there is with spaying. There is no research that shows they won't (or that there is less of a risk of) get certain types of cancer because they are neutered as with spaying there is. There is new research, as you quoted, that states that the loss of testosterone due to neutering (especially an early neutering) can do harm.

    That being said, if you are not 100% positive that your male won't get near a bitch in heat and mount them, I would do it. I personally know none of my dogs would get the chance to have a litter so the need is not there for me. If you aren't sure, I would opt to do it as we don't need more unplanned puppies!
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    Re: Is neutering your dog a bad thing afterall?

    Small male parts? Do dogs care?

    Muggsy was neutered young. I never noticed a structural difference between him and other dogs of similar breeds, he never had hip problems and his penis was, well, a penis. Kabota was neutered at between 3 and 5 years (we're not sure how old he is) and I can't tell a difference.

    Personally, I think the issues of wandering, seeking out in heat females on unwanted puppies are enough to warrant neutering, since very few people can really manage 100% safety, even though people say they can. (Not a slam on anyone in the thread, just in general, 100% is rare.)
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    Re: Is neutering your dog a bad thing afterall?

    Thank you all for your answers

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    Re: Is neutering your dog a bad thing afterall?

    I think for the average pet owner who takes their dogs on walks and plays in the back yard neutering young does not matter. If you are involved in a sport, hunting, service dog, then you should wait for the long term soundness of your dog.

    Most of the hunting people I know don't bother, no reason, no opps litters even when they hunt bitches and dogs in the same field. It is a non issue with people who can manage their dogs.
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    Re: Is neutering your dog a bad thing afterall?

    was just pointing out the differences I see in the dogs that were neutered young. Lol. I dunno if it effects them health wise at all. We get a good laugh out of Flashs tiny penis lol ( i kno thats terrible! ) testosterone has a direct effect on a males development. Just take a human for example. the huge changes when a boy goes through puberty. Dogs have changes too. So it makes sense that a dog neutered young would not develop the same. Does this sort of thing have a huge effect on their health? I dunno. I can just tell the difference in the way that they look right away.

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    Small male parts? Do dogs care?

    Muggsy was neutered young. I never noticed a structural difference between him and other dogs of similar breeds, he never had hip problems and his penis was, well, a penis. Kabota was neutered at between 3 and 5 years (we're not sure how old he is) and I can't tell a difference.

    Personally, I think the issues of wandering, seeking out in heat females on unwanted puppies are enough to warrant neutering, since very few people can really manage 100% safety, even though people say they can. (Not a slam on anyone in the thread, just in general, 100% is rare.)

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    Re: Is neutering your dog a bad thing afterall?

    Well its a done deal right now. But I would keep his weight down and be careful of the type of food I feed him. You especially do not want him growing too fast and that can be blamed on the food.

    Even intact animals can have joint problems. Hip dysplasia would be a big concern of mine with any of my big dogs.
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    Re: Is neutering your dog a bad thing afterall?

    Things have changed ALOT since I got my first dog.Back then,we were told that neutering should be done at 4 months old to prevent behavioural issues,but now (9 years on) vets here recomend to wait a full year so that everything (bones,internal organs etc) are fully grown and mature.
    We wanted to get Milo neutered at the age of 4 months old like we did with our first dog,but the vet said that it could cause him to have long lanky legs (less muscle tone in general),a longer back and that it could also have an effect on his gait.I have no idea if this is all true,but thatīs what our vets are recomending right now and I followed through just in case (Iīm not really in a hurry lol).As for the size of my dogs penis..um..Iīve never seen his lipstick,I dont want to and I tottaly do not care how big or small it is lol.
    Milo turned one on the 21st of this month and heīll be neutered next month now that he is considered fully grown (his weight has been the same for 5 months now).HIs vet also said that he has a nice shape (wide chest,nice muscle tone etc) and that neutering him now will not alter that,but had he been neutered at 4 months old,he would not have that shape.Again,I dont know if thatīs true or not and I havent thought to do the research.

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