That's interesting...When our collie/shepherd had almost died...due to prostrate issues. He was 7 yrs. old...he was then neutered. I'm of a belief to spay or neuter...if one does not plan on breeding. BUT...to wait until they are a bit older. In the Aussie World they feel it's best to allow growth plates to fully develop before spaying or neutering. They feel it lessens the chances for torn ACL's. They also feel that spaying after the first cycle is beneficial...But having almost lost our Butchie back then to prostrate issues. And having been told..."Had you only neutered him he may never had these issues" Was hard to swallow. So I'm a firm believer that the risks of seeing a dog almost die from prostrate. [He bled out and was vomiting and had loose stools. It was horrible! Took three days to get him stable...to just do surgery.]
Though the magic number...is 2 yrs. of age...to wait longer you do risk certain cancers is what I was told by our vet. So maybe they've learned more since when we dealt with Butchie's prostrate issues...
Last edited by cadillactaste; 03-01-2011 at 10:22 AM.
~ Darlene: 20+ years of being owned by bulldogs. But I can still learn something new from forums and other people's experiences.
Bulldogs: Tank and Sarge
Australian Shepherd: Ahsoka ~ Sarge's sister from another mother...and father
The rest of my zoo:
1 Pastel Ball Python - No Feet
2 chinchillas - Nibbles and Fluffy
2 Ornate Wood turtles- Franklin and Turkish