neutering stunt growth?

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neutering stunt growth?

Postby spritecann » Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:47 pm

I really want to get Garrett neutered not only is it a new law here, but i think it is just better for him so he wont start aggressive or territorial behavior as an adult dog iam a little concerned.
Will neutering stunt his growth? both parents are big dogs and dont want him to be tiny hes a big boy already at 33lbs about 16wks.

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Re: neutering stunt growth?

Postby pitsnok » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:01 am

From everything I have heard, neutered males will produce less testosterone, which could make it harder for them to show well-defined muscles, but not stunt their growth.

Degan was neutered at 5 months and he is pretty huge. :)

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Re: neutering stunt growth?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:49 am

It won't stunt their growth, but it can feminize their features a tiny bit.

For some dogs, early neutering causes delayed growth plate closure, which will actually make them bigger!!

Your best bet is to delay neutering as long as legally possible, say around 8-12 months or so. The only downside to postponing the surgery is the testicles will be more developed so there will be a bit more trauma around the surgery site. For some dogs this doesn't matter, for large dogs it increases the chance of bleeding, so its REALLY important to keep him quiet the first 48 hours after surgery if you do the surgery later in life.

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