How Old To Neuter A Dog?

How Old To Neuter A Dog?

You can have your dogs neutered when they are as young as 6 to 8 weeks old. Traditionally, dogs were castrated at 6 to 9 months but advancements in veterinary medicine such as with anesthetic agents and surgical procedures have allowed the procedure to be safely done much earlier. The recovery time is about two weeks from the surgery.

The timing for neutering dogs has some effects that you should consider. For example, dogs that have undergone the procedure before they hit puberty tend to grow bigger. Adult dogs also reportedly have a higher risk of post-operation complications. However, most of these complications do not require veterinary care and those that do are easily remedied.

It is also important to acknowledge recent studies that present adverse effects of neutering, especially at an early age. Fear-based behavior and aggression have been linked to neutering. Risks of joint disorders for larger breeds and obesity are also concerns associated with neutering.

The safest route to take is to consult your veterinarian if and when to neuter your dog.