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    Neutering questions for Vino or anyone else with pet knowledge

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    Teddy is about 6-7 months old so I'm beginning to look into the fixing process and have a few questions. My vet mentioned that there is some debate as to whether or not early neutering stunts growth. He said that if that is a concern, I could wait until Teddy is 6ish months old so I did. Now I'm wondering about some of the effects of fixing him. Are there any behavior changes that I can expect? My brother said he will probably less energetic and puppyish and more mature, is that true? Is is better for me to get him fixed now versus waiting until he is a year old? I think that it usually makes them nicer, but Teddy is already the sweetest little guy. Can that change?

    I would really appreciate any information you guys might have. I want to get him fixed, but he's my baby! I know I'm being irrational so I'm hoping that getting better information will help me put my worries aside.

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    Bento was 5-6 months old when he was neutered and he is exactly the same now as he was before except his missing an ugly accessory.

    I picked him up after the appt and he didnt even act like anything happened.
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    Some dogs show changes post surgery - however, the age at which the procedure is typically performed may have more to do with the changes than the surgery itself --- people just make the association and assume it is because of the neutering. Also, keep in mind, you can just as easily see the sort of changes you are worried about if you DON"T neuter and he is allowed to become a sexually mature male with all the hormones, drives, etc that will come with that.
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    Gatsby got fixed at 6 months. He still acted just as much as a puppy as he did before after the side effects wore off. The only thing that changed was he stopped humping my arm.

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    These are making me feel better. Teddy won't be his adorable puppy self for forever so I hated the idea of possibly fast forwarding through it.

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    I fixed Finn at a little under a year and a half, the only changed we noticed was in his appetite. He wanted to eat a lot more and he filled out. Aside from that though, nothing. He's still a complete psychopath now and he turned 2 in July.
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    My friend's dog was an evil, psycho "if you touch me and I don't know you I will bite you (if you ignore my growl)" type dog before being neutered. I met him a few times and he would occasionally let you lightly pet him before giving his warning. After he got neutered (and got 5 badly rotten teeth pulled) I dog sat him and by the end of the weekend if I put my hand down he would come running for pets. He also rolled over for me twice which he never did before.
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    After a neuter dogs do tend to be less puppy-ish, but that is because we tend to neuter at 6 months and they are leaving puppyhood at that point and entering the dreaded teenage years. So its correlation, not causation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.VinoVet View Post
    After a neuter dogs do tend to be less puppy-ish, but that is because we tend to neuter at 6 months and they are leaving puppyhood at that point and entering the dreaded teenage years. So its correlation, not causation.
    Good to know. Do you know about how long it takes for them to recover completely?

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    Good to know. Do you know about how long it takes for them to recover completely?
    2 weeks is the healing time, and in that time jumping and rough play should not occur, but for them to be back up and feeling better to the point where they TRY (and we cant let them) run and play and jump? Its a bit dog dependent, but for happy dumb pitties maybe 30 minutes For our more sensitive dogs a day, mayyyyyybe 2 days. Average is about a day.
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