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Old October 30th 06, 10:13 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
Janet B
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The castration price thread started the big question and over the
years, there are varying opinions and studies and such.

I'm glad that people are thinking about it, rather than "we'd never do
that" just because, or "of course we'll do that", also just because.

I've only made the choice with 3 of my dogs - all male. All other
fosters and bitches have been done by the shelter/rescue or original
owner.

I've had male dogs of generally similar size and build neutered at the
ages of 6 months, 7 months, and 8.5 YEARS. I was also a frequent PT
caregiver to my canine "nephew", also a similar type of dog, and he
was neutered at 9 months old.

The one neutered at 8.5 years and the one neutered at 9 months, both
lived to the age of 15.5 years. Pretty good for a poorly bred lab and
a lab mix. The one neutered at 7 months old lived until 11.75 (GR).
None had post-neutering physical or behavioral problems, that could be
traced back to neutering. All were pets - none of them competed at
dog sports or structured activity, although the lab mix and the GR
were both active dogs with regular exercise and training. The poorly
bred lab, not so much. The one neutered at 6 months is a healthy 6+
year old, so only time will tell.

I've had 2 bitch puppies live here, early spay. One is now 9, the
other is 8. Neither has had any health problems, including
incontinence. Same can be said for multiple early neuter male
puppies.

I've adopted 2 adult shelter bitches. 1 was ~1 yo, and spayed right
before adoption. Cancer early (5) but not bone. Other spayed at 6
months, and she's now almost 10, and knock on wood, she's a very
healthy dog.

Of all of these dogs, 2 were well bred, the rest backyard bred.

That brings us to Rudy. The only puppymill dog of them all, he's a 15
mo Golden, neutered at ~4 months. He's urinary incontinent.
Structurally, he appears sound. He'll get his hips x-rayed when he
turns 2, for my piece of mind. He's a very strong dog, and a little
tall (25"), but nothing dramatic. Still, I probably am worried about
his longevity and overall health than I have been about the rest of
them.

So - it will [hopefully] be a long time before I'm in the market for
another dog. When that time comes, it will probably be a well bred
purebred puppy. I am thankful for forums where information can be
shared in a reasonable manner, so I can gather as much information as
possible before time to make the decision of when or if I should S/N
my next chosen dog. Thanks to all who have been able to add to this
discussion and thank goodness for archives too!

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Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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Old November 4th 06, 07:18 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
Latosha Washington
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Just DO it.


"Janet B" wrote in message
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The castration price thread started the big question and over the
years, there are varying opinions and studies and such.

I'm glad that people are thinking about it, rather than "we'd never do
that" just because, or "of course we'll do that", also just because.

I've only made the choice with 3 of my dogs - all male. All other
fosters and bitches have been done by the shelter/rescue or original
owner.

I've had male dogs of generally similar size and build neutered at the
ages of 6 months, 7 months, and 8.5 YEARS. I was also a frequent PT
caregiver to my canine "nephew", also a similar type of dog, and he
was neutered at 9 months old.

The one neutered at 8.5 years and the one neutered at 9 months, both
lived to the age of 15.5 years. Pretty good for a poorly bred lab and
a lab mix. The one neutered at 7 months old lived until 11.75 (GR).
None had post-neutering physical or behavioral problems, that could be
traced back to neutering. All were pets - none of them competed at
dog sports or structured activity, although the lab mix and the GR
were both active dogs with regular exercise and training. The poorly
bred lab, not so much. The one neutered at 6 months is a healthy 6+
year old, so only time will tell.

I've had 2 bitch puppies live here, early spay. One is now 9, the
other is 8. Neither has had any health problems, including
incontinence. Same can be said for multiple early neuter male
puppies.

I've adopted 2 adult shelter bitches. 1 was ~1 yo, and spayed right
before adoption. Cancer early (5) but not bone. Other spayed at 6
months, and she's now almost 10, and knock on wood, she's a very
healthy dog.

Of all of these dogs, 2 were well bred, the rest backyard bred.

That brings us to Rudy. The only puppymill dog of them all, he's a 15
mo Golden, neutered at ~4 months. He's urinary incontinent.
Structurally, he appears sound. He'll get his hips x-rayed when he
turns 2, for my piece of mind. He's a very strong dog, and a little
tall (25"), but nothing dramatic. Still, I probably am worried about
his longevity and overall health than I have been about the rest of
them.

So - it will [hopefully] be a long time before I'm in the market for
another dog. When that time comes, it will probably be a well bred
purebred puppy. I am thankful for forums where information can be
shared in a reasonable manner, so I can gather as much information as
possible before time to make the decision of when or if I should S/N
my next chosen dog. Thanks to all who have been able to add to this
discussion and thank goodness for archives too!

--
Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com



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Old November 4th 06, 07:30 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
Janet B
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On Sat, 04 Nov 2006 19:18:01 GMT, "Latosha Washington" ,
clicked their heels and said:

Just DO it.


What are you talking about? All of my current pets are S/N. In the
future, I expect that I will make my decisions with the information I
have at hand. Some future dogs will undoubtedly be rescues or shelter
adoptees, and already altered, but if I have a chosen puppy, I may
choose to keep that puppy intact or not, without anything to do with
reproduction.

--
Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
 




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