Why should I neuter or spay my Lab puppy?
There are a number of very good reasons why you should spay or neuter your new Lab puppy:
1) The health of your pet.
Research has shown that pets who are neutered or spayed have a lower risk of certain types of cancers.
2) A pet that is easier to live with.
Neutered dogs are less aggressive and you will not have the embarrassing problem of them mounting everything in sight (your visitor’s leg, other pets, toys, etc.) Males who have “only one thing on their mind” do not make very affectionate pets. Spayed females are generally more affectionate toward people and other pets, and are less likely to aggressively defend their place in the household pecking order.
3) The safety of your pet.
Males who are not neutered often become obsessed with finding females. Obsessed males try to run away at every chance and make irrational choices such as darting into the road, challenging a larger male, jumping from high places, etc.
4) It’s the right thing to do!
Millions of unwanted pets end up in animal shelters each year. 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized (killed) because homes cannot be found for them. Please do your part to help control the numbers of animal shelter causalities.
What age to SpayNeuter my dog?
Recent studies have proven that it's best for your dog to wait until he/she is at least a year old, 15-18 months of age is an even better age to alter your dog. The current recommendation is for your dog to be allowed to develop the hormones they're bodies are designed to produce as these hormones "tell" the dogs bones and joints when to stop growing so everything fits properly in the sockets. There is a much lower chance of your dog developing hip dysplaysia, elbow dysplacia, etc., if he/she is allowed to produce their adult hormones. Females should be allowed one heat cycle, males should be at least 12-18 months of age before altering. If your vet insists that you spay or neuter earlier, you may want to get a second opinion, maybe even a third.