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Dogs in the U.S. are routinely spayed or neutered between the ages of 4 and 9 months.
Over the last several years, a number of studies have been conducted on the effects of spay/neuter in large and giant breed dogs.
While spaying or neutering these dogs decreases or prevents reproductive organ disease, it increases the risk for other diseases, including obesity, musculoskeletal disorders and several types of canine cancer.
If your large or giant breed dog absolutely must be spayed or neutered the conventional way, I recommend waiting until full musculoskeletal maturity has been reached, and in females, until after the first estrus cycle.
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Spaying and Neutering Your Dog?
NOTE: When spaying/neutering your pet, I recommend this Kong collar instead of the regular, uncomfortable collar that the vet will give you.
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