Ensure puppies are fully developed before neutering, unless clinical disease is present
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In recent times there has been a lot of new evidence regarding negative effects of spaying and castration of dogs, especially if these procedures are carried out before the dog is fully matured.
In 2005 world renowned sports vet Christine Zinc first published this article: http://www.caninesports.com/uploads/1/5/3/1/15319800/spay_neuter_considerations_2013.pdf I discovered this article shortly after my weimaraner Cindy had had suffered cruciate rupture. She was spayed at 8 months because I thought I was being responsible. After being spayed, she did grow considerably taller, taller than her siblings and longer in the legs than breed standard. She never did mature as a character, and then was diagnosed with and then died of mast cell cancer, at just 9 years old. Her sibling brother made 14years.
Hormones account for much, much more than simply the ability to procreate - we only have to look in the mirror to see this for ourselves, and while of course keeping an adult dog entire does necessitate some degree of extra responsibility on the owners part, in puppies these homones play a vital role in their physical and mental development. Neutering without good reason is illegal in some parts of Europe.
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