Well, I'm surely wouldn't encourage anyone not to neuter or spay. I intend on doing so, it is just a matter of *timing* with me. I am apprehensive about the procedure before she is fully developed....like someone said in a previous thread, would you do a hysterectomy on a 12 year old girl?
I did talk to my vet, and my vet recommends to everyone to do it before 6 months (for the cancer reason) but cancer isn't the only thing that can go haywire. My reasoning right now, is since the Havanese breed is predisposed to chrondodysplasia (a bone issue) wouldn't it make more sense to let her bones fully develop before yanking her hormones out?
I've learned through all my dealing with doctors (for human reasons) that they ALWAYS just tell you one side of the story! lol, or lean towards one school of thought, so they don't talk about the other school of thought.
I've been researching this a few weeks, and I'm a little surprised at how many females that were spayed before 6 months experience such radical change in behavior (almost leaning towards aggresiveness) and have various bone related issues years later and/or diabetes.
I haven't really focused on males, so I can't say that applies to them. But I think there are probably variances among different breeds, too.
I'm still calling my cousin (vet) and talking to him about it.
I don't know why I'm so fearful regarding this......maybe my gut is just telling me to wait. Usually, when I go against a gut feeling, something bad happens