Early Spay and Neuter or Juvenile Spay and Neuter is a process of desexing an animal before they reach sexual maturity. It is usually done between 6-12 weeks of age, depending on the veterinarian’s suggestions.
We spay and neuter all our companion puppies before they go to their new homes. We want to do our part to ensure that only top quality dogs, with completed health testing are being bred. We find that they recover quicker than 6 month puppies after surgery.
Susan Dixon, DVM an early spay and neuter advocate has done hundreds of surgeries she states: The surgery is EASY and they heal so fast.
Extensive studies conducted on the benefits or drawbacks of early spay or neuter done by The University of Florida found that early spay and neuter has no known ill side effects. Research suggested that it can actually increase recovery time and decrease pain. Years ago anesthetic techniques were not available to treat such young animals and they needed to wait until they were older. However, today that is not a concern. Studies conducted on animals ages 7 weeks to 12 month reacted the same to the desexing process. They also found that both the neutered and non-neutered groups of animals were equally as active.
In an article written by Dr. Richard Allen, DVM for Best Friends Magazine in October 1999, he stated that both early spay/neuter pets and regular spay/neuter pets lived as long and happy lives as any others and that there are fewer complications when spayed/neutered earlier.
There are a number of benefits to you, the new family as well.
- It prevents unwanted litters for the new family.
- It prevents many cancers (mammary cancer and uterine infections for females and testicular cancer, enlargement of the prostate and related infections for males related to intact dogs).
- It removes many of the undesirable male dog tendencies.
- There is decreased roaming and marking territory.
- Dr. Allen, DVM also stated studies done on early spay and neuter pets and they have found that desexed males have considerably less aggressive / dominance issues. It has been found in other studies that desexed males do not even figure in the statistics on dog attacks on people. Most attacks on children are done by male dominant dogs that have not been desexed. We consider our children incredibly important and valuable, as you do yours. This is just another way to create a wonderful family member bond between a child and his puppy where no fear is involved.
- Your pet tends to be more affectionate.
- It ensures that none of our puppies will be used in puppy mills and our puppies will not be responsible for contributing to the increase in animals shelters.