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Why Does My Puppy Arrive Already Neutered?


Neutering puppies - information about the early spay and neuter of young dogs (puppy desexing).

As modern pet anesthetics have become a lot safer, with fewer side effects, the debate about the recommended age of canine neutering has been reopened in the veterinary world with some vets now allowing their clients to opt for an early-age spay or neuter, provided they appreciate that there are greater, albeit minimal, anaesthetic risks to the very young pet when compared to the more mature pet. In these situations, cat and dog owners can opt to have their male and female pets desexed as young as 8-9 weeks of age (the vet chooses anaesthetic drugs that are not as cardiovascula depressant and which do not rely as heavily upon extensive liver and kidney metabolism and excretion).

NOTE - in 1993, the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) advised that it supported the early spay and neuter of young dogs and cats, recommending that puppies and kittens be spayed or neutered as early as 8-16 weeks of age.

The advantages of the early spay and neuter of young dogs:
Certainly, there are some obvious advantages to choosing to desex an animal earlier rather than later. These include the following:


People do not have to wait 5-7 months to desex their pets. The procedure can be over and done with earlier.
Dogs neutered very early will not attain sexual maturity and will therefore be unable to sire any pups of their own. This role in canine population control is why most shelters choose to neuter early.
It makes it possible for young pups (6-16 weeks old) to be sold by breeders and pet-shops already desexed. This again helps to reduce the incidence of irresponsible breeding - dogs sold already desexed cannot reproduce.
For owners who choose to get their pets microchipped during anesthesia, there is no inconvenient wait of 5-7 months before this can be done.
Some of the behavioral problems and concerns commonly associated with entire male animals may be prevented altogether if the pup is desexed well before achieving sexual maturity (e.g. cocking the leg to urinate).
From a veterinary anesthesia and surgery perspective, the duration of surgery and anesthesia is much shorter for a smaller, younger animal than it is for a fully grown, mature animal. I take about 3-7 minutes to neuter a male pup of about 9 weeks of age compared to about 10-15 minutes for an older animal.
The post-anaesthetic recovery time is quicker and there is less bleeding associated with an early spay or neuter procedure.

From a veterinary business perspective, the shorter duration of surgery and anesthesia time is good for business. More early age neuters can be performed in a day than mature dog neuters and less anaesthetic gas is used on each individual, thereby saving the practice money per procedure.
Routine, across-the-board, early spay and neuter by shelters avoids the need for a sterilization contract to be signed between the shelter and the prospective pet owner. A sterilization contract is a legal document signed by people who adopt young, non-desexed puppies and kittens, which declares that they will return to the shelter to have that dog or cat desexed when it has reached the recommended sterilization age of 5-7 months. The problem with these sterilization contracts is that, very often, people do not obey them (particularly if the animal seems to be "purebred"); they are rarely enforced by law and, consequently, the adopted animal is left undersexed and able to breed and the cycle of pet reproduction and dumped litters continues.


Most people will agree that spaying or neutering your pet is a good idea. Many times, neutered animals are far better pets because their focus is on you, their pack leader, instead of on finding a mate. They are more compliant......85% of bites are by UN-neutered dogs. And they are healthier, with a much lower risk of reproductive disorders. The question remains in some minds though, "What is the best time to spay or neuter a pet?"

Our dogs, will arrive at it's new home already neutered, with the surgery usually having been done at 8 weeks of age. Pups are usually either stitched or stapled, to secure incision, and these must stay in for 10 to 14 days. Please ask your Vet to remove them if still in place.

ESN, early spay and neutering, is done for several reasons. Most people assume the reason is to prevent people from 'stealing' breeding lines, or breeding without permission. While breeders who do pediatric neutering are painstaking in their choice of breeding lines and breeding stock, and protecting those lines, those are not the primary concerns.

Between 4 and 6 million animals are euthanized in shelters in the US each year. It is the number one cause of death of pets in the United States. A recent study in Australia showed that, while 39% of Australian dogs are un-neutered, 79% of dogs in Australian shelters are un-neutered males. No one adopts a pet with the intention of giving it up to a shelter, and few people adopt dogs expecting an accidental breeding. Despite people's best intentions, these things happen. So good breeders do their best to screen a puppy's prospective home to make sure they are truly a forever home, and De-sex the puppies before they leave to make sure those forever families never have to handle an 'oops' litter.

Another reason is that, while reputable breeders do their best to screen families to make sure their puppies are going only to the most loving of homes, it is a risk that any puppy sold intact could end up producing puppies in a puppy mill, with quality of life so poor it is hard to imagine.

So breeders who spay and neuter their puppies before releasing them to new homes are doing so because it benefits the puppies AND the new families.

A great deal of research has been done in the last 30 years in the area of pediatric spaying and neutering. While some will point to a couple of fairly poorly done studies claiming a higher incidence of incontinence in dogs spayed before 6 months, the VAST body of research indicates this is not so. Others will also claim there is a higher incidence of hip dysplasia in this population. Again, the research does not support this. There IS a great deal of research showing pediatric spaying and neutering requires less anesthesia, and results in much faster recovery than traditional desexing procedures. Breeders who do pediatric desexing find it is easier on the pups and better for their new families.

Occasionally, males are not physically ready at time of neuters. If that is the case then we will credit you up to $175 ( our cost to neuter ) based on  time frame guidelines we will explain further to you should it be your pup.

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