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When Is The Best Time To Spay Or Neuter My Australian Shepherd?

It’s hard to know when to spay or neuter – or if you should at all. Here’s the best veterinary advice for your Australian Shepherd.

So you’ve decided to spay or neuter your Aussie Shepherd – but when?

Often called getting your dog Fixed or Done (nomenclature that bugs me, because, fixed, implies broken, which is kinda mean!), the majority of dogs have this minor procedure performed upon them at a young age. Usually on a veterinary recommendation.

I know when Indie was little, I was told: “Six months, on the dot” – which is common advice given across America and Europe. If you ask the Internet (i.e. Facebook) usually recommendations say later and say a minimum of twelve months. 

But is that even right? Or is it founded in any sort of science? 

I know when Indie was little, I was told: “Six months, on the dot”

Ali Smith

With this conflicting information, how are you meant to know? Trust your vet? Do as your family has always done? Or trust the rando on the internet who appears to know it all. 

None of that seems to be a good idea when the potential consequences of these procedures are rumoured to be some of the scariest diseases and ailments a dog can face… Cancer, Hip or Elbow Dysplasia, and other rotten afflictions like pyometra. All of this as the result of removing the availability of hormones…

Luckily, research has come forward which is not just size specific, but breed-specific for 35 breeds! So, here we’re going to discuss the ideal times for spaying or neutering your dog.

First, let’s do a little housekeeping…

australian shepherd chasing a ballVigorous exercise like this? Is really not recommended straight after a spay or neuter surgery instead try Post-Surgery Recovery: 12 Ideas For Keeping Your Dog Happy And Entertained.

This is the surgical castration of a male dog – usually by the removal of his testicles (sorry for making you cringe, gents!). This process means that your male dog cannot breed and that they are no longer producing hormones that are important to your dogs’ development – both emotionally and physically.

Similarly to neutering, spaying is a form of surgical castration that removes the ovaries and most often the fallopian tubes along with it. This means your girl cannot breed, but it also means she is missing some critical hormones.

This process can be done in a ‘keyhole’ surgery at extra cost, though it is much better for recovery times.

Recommended age:

Male – it’s your choice!

Female – Any time over 6 months.

It’s interesting to see that with ACD’s that there is no significant variation in disease or cancer rates for the males, whilst it’s advisable for the females (surprisingly) to be spayed at over 6 months of age.

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