Neutering 2-yr-old mini

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Neutering 2-yr-old mini

Post by fieryhotaru » 08 Mar 2019, 03:05

So, my vet is having a sale on neutering procedures in April and my family is discussing if we should neuter him or not. I'm worried that his personality might change. He's a very active (almost) two-year-old, very athletic and likes to wrestle, and I'm worried that could go away if we chop him. He doesn't roam, hump, or mark his territory (he used to mark but stopped around 5 months old). He's brimming with health, and I'm worried this procedure will change everything. Can anybody weigh in?

Oh, by the way, we're taking him with us on vacation down the shore in June. Relatively short drive (45 minutes to an hour) and we'll be staying at a shore house that allows pets. Will neutering him two months before vacation be alright?

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Re: Neutering 2-yr-old mini

Post by Oscar 12345 » 09 Mar 2019, 09:52

This is of course a personal choice but here is my view and what I would do. From what you have described you haven't identified any good reason to have him neutered. Good reasons like for health purposes if there is something wrong medically or if there is poor behaviour that is associated with testosterone levels and that will be cured by removing testosterone. Neutering him could alter some aspects of his character, his coat and his metabolism particularly wrt putting on weight. So if it ain't broke don't fix it in this situation imo. :)
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Re: Neutering 2-yr-old mini

Post by zeta1454 » 09 Mar 2019, 10:57

I would not be persuaded to have surgery or any procedure carried out on one of our dogs simply because the vets are promoting them or putting on pressure to sell them to you. The decision should always come from a considered assessment of why your dog needs the surgery or procedure and, if there is no pressing reason from your perspective, I would not go ahead.

There is a Forum discussion topic on neutering on this link which may be worth looking at:

viewtopic.php?f=49&t=24025&p=301080&hil ... ng#p301080

If you do decide to have him castrated, he should have recovered from the actual surgery by the time of your vacation, assuming a straightforward op with no complications (which it should be) and that Spock doesn't react negatively (temperamentally) to the sudden reduction in circulating hormones.
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Re: Neutering 2-yr-old mini

Post by schnauzer » 09 Mar 2019, 13:15

My boy Gino will be 2yrs old on the 9th May 2019. He has been neutered it was done when he had to have a puppy tooth removed. He started to show signs of Marking when he was around 6/7 months so as the puppy tooth had to be removed Vet said it could be done at the same time so we decided it would be done.

Gino is none the worse, he was fine 24 hours later neither up nor down in fact he is the most loving wee boy, he hasn't changed at all in any way. He doesn't mark now. He is very laid back & a joy to have.. We got him to ease my pain when I lost my precious girl.
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Re: Neutering 2-yr-old mini

Post by mikegoodson1 » 10 Mar 2019, 10:36

My boy Oscar was neutered at 6 months old, that was my decision based on my own research and not because I was prompted/swayed etc by our vet. My advice to you is ask yourself why you are considering this.

You say that Spock is happy, content, doesn't mark or hump so why are you considering it?

Seems like he is all good as he is :)

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Re: Neutering 2-yr-old mini

Post by fieryhotaru » 14 Mar 2019, 13:57

Thank you, everyone. I've decided not to get Spock neutered thanks to your advice.

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