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Neutering x growth plates

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Neutering x growth plates

Post  claudia klock on 8/17/2013, 2:03 pm

Hi! I'm going to get a six months old male pug, and I read many different opinions about the best time to neuter a dog. Some people say that neutering at this age is the normal time, but others claim that the dog will grow more (specially the legs) because neutering that soon would delay the closure of the growth plates. For those who neutered a male pug at five or six months old: did you notice that when the dog reached one or two years old, he was taller than unneutered pugs with the same age? What do you recommend? Thanks :)

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Post  LisaIzzyAggy on 8/19/2013, 7:11 am

I believe it's best to neuter as early as possible for the health of the dog. I am far from an expert however so you should probably discuss with your vet. Good luck to you and your pug.
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Post  claudia klock on 8/19/2013, 11:58 am

Thanks! I asked many vets, but there are different answers :(

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Post  Aussie Witch on 8/20/2013, 6:51 am

I'm not so sure in Pugs, but I do know for sure in horses, so both being mammals, I am sure things are the same!  (Well, at least with males, mares are never spayed.)  Colts/stallions, if left entire, grow muscle more than height.  They develop massive crests on their neck and the muscles around their shoulders, chest and rump tend to be bigger.  If gelded at a young age they tend to grow a little taller.  The hormones seen to put on mass, where the lack of hormones tend to allow height.  Can't offer any peer-reviewed clinical studies, but it is an accepted fact in the horse world!
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