On Spaying and Neutering:
I recommend between 8-10 months. A year is preferable.
These are big dogs and
have a lot more growing to do.
Taken from an article I found to be accurate.
It was interesting and the main points that I took from it where:
- -Spaying before physically mature pre-disposes dogs to many unnecessary health
- -Spaying before 1 yr of age (or physical maturity) can significantly increase
osteosarcoma (bone cancer) which is common in large breeds and has a poor
prognosis - this also went along the lines of if spayed too soon it can mess up
the way the bones grow, thus leading them to grow to longer creating stress on
joints and tissues.
- -Spay/neuter before 5 1/2 mo is assoc. with 70% increase age-adjusted risk of
hip dysplasia then those spayed after the age
- -Dogs spayed under 5 1/2 mo were 2.76x more likely to develop chronic UTI's
then those after- Spaying also contributing to an incidence rate of 4-20% of
spay incontinence (difference in breed, size, age, etc). Spayed females have an
increased risk of recessed vulva, vaginal dermatitis, vaginitis and UTI's if
done before puberty.