Friday, 26 February 2016 18:22

Porky & Buddy Column: When Should Leo Get Neutered?

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Dear Porky and Buddy, I know that you have been talking a lot about spaying and neutering just lately and I have a question. I took my three month old puppy, Leo, in for his first vet visit yesterday and my vet told me that he could be neutered at five months with no problem. But when I checked on the Internet, I found all kinds of warnings about neutering your dog too early and the health problems it can cause. What do you think? Signed, Bob

Dear Bob --

We think the internet does not have a veterinary degree. (It also does not have an M.D. or a J.D. but that is another topic.)

If you want a comprehensive summary of the research about the impact of spay/neuter age on long term health incomes, go to and search their articles about pediatric spay/neuter. What you will find is that it's complicated. While there are limited studies linking early spay/neuter, or sometimes any spaying and neutering, to some health conditions, (many of them breed related), in general such concerns are outweighed by the positive health benefits of pediatric spaying on common conditions such as mammary gland neoplasia, pyometra and benign prostatic neoplasia. What you will also find is that there is a reason to rely on the experience and knowledge of your vet. It is truly complicated.

So don’t be a fool “about” caring for your pets. Get them spayed and neutered. But you can be a fool “for” your pets. Come to the Fools for Fur Balls Party on Friday, April 1st, from 6 to 10 at Bridie Manor, 1 Bridie Square, Oswego. Music, snacks, contests, prizes, cash bar. Admission $20. A benefit for the fur balls of the Humane Society

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Located at 110 West Second Street, Oswego, New York. Phone (315) 207-1070. Email: [email protected] Website: Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.

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