It’s no secret that dogs hold a special place in dog ruvers’ hearts. We tend to be passionate about our own dogs along with the treatment others. With that in mind it may or may not shock you that when a couple disagreed with the treatment of a German Shepherd-Husky mix puppy up for adoption, they decided to take matters into their own hands. Please note: BarkPost does not endorse dognapping in any way.
The Missouri couple was interested in adopting an 8-week-old puppy but was upset to find out that by law, all dogs leaving the humane society need to be spayed or neutered. The couple believed 8 weeks was too young to neuter a canine and decided to steal the little guy. The two may be now be facing up to four years in jail if charged with a Class D felony. (Puppy stealing is no joke.)
If anything, this story exemplifies the lengths people are willing to go to in order to protect the welfare of a pooch and how strongly people feel about when you should or shouldn’t spay / neuter your dog. Despite it not being okay to steal a dog, people sometimes decide to take matters into their own paws.
We did a little digging ourselves and found that while spaying / neutering a dog as young as eight weeks old is considered safe by the ASPCA, it is not recommended by professionals. We got in touch with Dr. Zangara of Roosevelt Animal Hospital to find out a little more about this heated debate.
What age would you consider too young to spay or neuter a dog?
Generally you should wait until they are at least six months of age. Any spay or neutering before six months of age would be considered too young. There is empirical evidence that pets, specifically dogs, neutered and or spayed earlier than six months of age have a higher prevalence of immunosuppressive diseases, immunology diseases, and Lymphoma.
Does the recommended age vary for male vs. female dogs?
It is a good idea to spay females before their first heat (which usually occurs from 8 -16 months of age depending on size, smaller breeds earlier, and larger breeds later).
Does the size of the breed factor into timing?
There are studies that recommend waiting until 1 year of age for giant breeds (Great Danes, Giant Schnauzers, Swiss Mountain dogs, etc.).There is a correlation of a lower incidence of bone cancer (which is very prevalent in larger breeds) when they are altered after their first birthday. One study in particular found there is a higher incidence of Osteosarcoma in those altered earlier.
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