Best time to neuter Questions

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  1. Mavvy

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    Best time to neuter

    Just looking for information on best time to neuter my blue heeler?
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    There was a study done not too long ago on age of neutering. It found that the breed and gender of the dog had a lot to do with the best time to neuter.

    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2020.00388/full

    They didn't study heelers, but it might help you and your vet make a more informed decision.

    The main thing you can take from the study is that there isn't a single answer for all dogs. If you are being told "neutering at X months is bad" or "you must neuter at X months or your dog will have issues", then you are getting bad information. It is more complex than that.
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    Remember testosterone plays a role in the dogs mental and physical growth.
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    Testosterone only factors into things with a male dog. And depending on the breed, the testosterone levels vary at different ages, so while one breed male may do best being neutered at 6-12 months because waiting longer increases the risk testosterone related cancers, another breed male may do better being neutered after 12 months for bone development and the risk of testonerone related cancers isn't increased significantly by waiting.

    For females, the same is true with estrogen.

    And in some breeds, the age of neutering doesn't have much impact on health at all.
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    Thanks for the replies. I will take these into consideration.

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