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I'm getting a new puppy fairly soon and I've been trying to figure out the best age to neuter him. I've asked several vets and they seem to be split between 'before 6 months' and 'wait at least a year.'
Naturally I've tried to do some of my own research and a few of the articles I've come across are making me rethink the procedure.
I've always thought the only cons to neutering were an increased risk of being overweight, but now I'm seeing people talk about how neutered males are more likely to develop joint problems, bone cancer, dementia, Cushings, and hypothyroidism later in life. This hits really close to home because my first dog passed away just a few months ago from congestive heart failure. He was only 10, and for a small breed dog (Pom-mix) I feel it was way too soon. He was also showing signs of either renal failure or Cushings (increased thirst/urnation), so the whole correlation makes me uneasy.
I adopted him from a shelter, so neutering was a requiement. I'm getting my new puppy (another pom) from a rescue and he's too young to be neutered (they refuse to do the surgery before 4 months).
So I guess I just want to get more opinions on this. The studies were only done on neutered Goldens, so I'm still hesitant to throw out everything I thoughr before on a study that focused on just one breed.