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My Lab Max is now 6 mths old.I plan to get him neutered.Is this the right age?

My Lab Max is now 6 mths old.I plan to get him neutered.Is this the right age.Also what post operative care is required and how long will the GA last (I believe that neutering will be done in GA) Appreciate advice
By Anita · 30 Dec 2011 11:30 am


By Dinkar Singh · 31 Dec 2011 10:57 am
Locate a good vet first and then take his advise as he is the one who will be performing the operation and will be the best person to advise. As for age 6 months is ok.
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By Navjot Singh · 31 Dec 2011 2:59 pm
Neutering him at 6 months is ok but there are people who also suggest it's fine to neuter after the dog has attained his full physical growth. Labs attain 70 % of their growth in the first 13 months. So, neutering after 13 months is also a comman practice.
This surgery takes less than an hour and as far as care is concerned, the dog should be operated empty stomach and he shouldn't be stressed at the time of the operation. You also need to take the dog to the surgeon as he will also have to open the stiches. He'll also give medicines for quick healing of the operated area.
In Delhi, the standard cost of the surgery is Rs 3500. But, there are clinics who run OPD's, they may charge upto Rs5000.
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By Ayon Saha · 01 Jan 2011 12:45 am
Just a personal question....Is it REALLY required to neuter a pet...i mean if not done then any problem....??????
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By Dinkar Singh · 01 Jan 2011 10:40 am
No problem, only behavioural stuff. For example an intact dog will mark his territory and in the process dirty ur curtains, sofa etc. may run off if he smells a female in heat etc.
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By Navjot Singh · 01 Jan 2011 10:52 pm
Neutering doesn't just help rectify behavioural problems like being aggressive and peeing to mark territories. It has immense health benefits. Testicular cancer is very comman among adult dogs usually older than 5 years. Neutering simply rules out even the possibility of this deadly cancer.
So many are other health benefits that I feel you must browse Internet as one can go on and on describing it's benefits. .Mind you it's written by a renowed dog wisperer.
Ayon- Neutering is recommended by vets as it doesn't just have behavioural benefits but also provides protection against cancer. And if you have a Labrador then neutering is A MUST. You can also speak to your Vet.
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By Navjot Singh · 02 Jan 2012 11:52 am
Discussing the health benefits of neutering further, I'd like to share some content of the book 'Living with a Labrador Retriever, edited by Jo Coulson. The writer devotes one entire topic discussing the benefits of neutering. I'll mention them in points:
1) Male castration can prevent testicular cancer and balinitis ( inflamation of glans penis).
2) It also offers high degree of protection against prostate disorders in older dogs.
3)If you have a Labrador which displays hypersexed behaviour, castration can help reduce the severity of this symptom.
4) If you have a dog which suffers from cryptochidism ( retained testicles ), then castration is stronly advised.
5) Spaying eliminates the chance of a bitch developing pyometra ( pus-filled womb ). When performed prior to the first season, it also greatly decreases the chance of the bitch developing mammary tumours as she gets older.
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By Ayon Saha · 02 Jan 2012 11:41 pm
Talking about the cancer issue...then what about those dogs which are bred by breeders for breeding purpose...???
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By Navjot Singh · 07 Jan 2012 1:23 pm
Ayon, if you use a dog rigourously for stud, then it will be deterimental to health. This will also make the quality of litter arising out of such dogs bad. This differentiates bad breeding from good one. A good breeder will breed with ethics and sense and won't use his dogs ruthlesslessly for producing puppies for sale.I think, prostate cancer has nothing to do with the frequency of mating. It's just a condition that adult dogs are prone to. And even Humans male are prone to prostate cancer.
If you're still doubtful, then speak to your vet.
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