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March 23, 2010 8:47 AM Subscribe
Early spay/neuter for puppy at seven weeks old. OK or no?
posted by randomination to Pets & Animals (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So we're getting a dog this summer, which is awesome, and we're going to a reputable small breeder we don't have any concerns about. (We've visited her, seen all the certs, and met the mommy dog too. All is well.)
This breeder offers all her puppies pre-neutered at seven weeks old, delivered at eight weeks old. She believes that an early neuter makes for a happier dog in the long-term.
But we're worried that because early spay/neuter is a fairly new procedure, nobody knows if there are any long-term side-effects.
Are we fretting over nothing? The breeder will sell us the pooch fully intact, so we do have the option to have it neutered at a later date.
The pup will grow into a medium-sized (30lb) Australian labradoodle, if that makes any difference.
And yes, we're definitely neutering it: question is, when.