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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-05-2007, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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Neutering an older dog

Has anyone waited a while before neutering their male? I'm wondering because the new pup we'll be picking up at the end of the month is 7 mths. old now, so will be at least 8 mths. old before we get the date for his surgery.

His present owner has told me that he marked once or twice so I'm hoping it won't be a huge problem once he's with us, but also wondering if the surgery will curtail his marking. Ricky has never marked anywhere yet.... wonder if he'll start marking too!

I appreciate any feedback. Thanks!




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Hi Marj: When I had my male German Shepherd, it was suggested at that time (Earily 80's) to wait until a pup was between 7 - 9 months before neutering. That was the norm then. You may have some marking between the two of them. You may have to go back to square one with both dogs, to stop any marking before it starts. I once had a Shepherd (neutered at 18 months) and a lab not neutered. They drove me nuts. One would come in from outside and pee on the side of the couch the next one would pee in the same place. But as long as I stopped the first one it was ok. I would distracted them when they came in for a few minutes. Sit stays on mats worked. After that they were fine. Good luck, since your boys are still puppies I'm sure you will do better.

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Well, we're definitely leaving the gates up in the kitchen/dining area until we get back to a routine with the two pups. I usually have the gates opened to part of the rest of the house for Ricky, not all day, but when someone's around to keep tabs on him. He loves to sleep on the couch next to my computer desk here.

For a little bit, we'll keep them more contained to see just how they behave and to keep the new pup's pee accidents to a minimum. I'm glad we're getting Hector on a Friday as it will allow us all to be involved over the weekend with everyone home. I did find out that my nephew's 5th b'day party will be the day after we pick up the pup so....... we've decided it's best for us to bring both dogs than to leave them home alone after having only just met. I wouldn't feel comfortable with that.

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Yes, I just had a male neutered that was almost two years old (20 months). I think the recovery probably took a little longer than it would for a young puppy, but after wearing a cone a few days, he bounced right back.

As for marking, be firm and let him know that is not allowed. I wouldn't even allow my males to mark when we walk around the neighborhood. They had two bushes that they could mark in our front yard, but that was it. I detest dogs urinating and marking at every whim.
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When is the right time to neutered a puppy? And what is the procedure; does there need to be blood work done, first?
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Ollie was nuetered at 5.5 months....it was a breeze - no cone - no stitches to remove and he was bouncing around too much that nite!!

he has never marked cause we did it so young....was so simple....

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We had Bugsy neutered at 6.5 or 7 months and had no problem with him marking in the house. All my previous male dogs were neutered much later. Romeo (my cream poodle) was neutered at 18 months and a shepherd I had before him was not neutered until he was 3 years old. Neither one ever marked in the house, not once. I have no idea why some dogs mark and some don't. Maybe because we never had any intact females at the house.

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Speaking of neutering, my vet is telling me that he likes to wait a little on toy dogs, about six months. He says that because of tooth retention he prefers to wait. I would like to avoid the marking urge, and for the time being Oreo does not lift a leg... YET. So I am wondering what you know about teeth and retention. Did anyone ever have to get them pulled? If yes at what age? In my breeders contract it says I have to have him neutered in or before April of this year. Have any of you found it necessary to have your havs teeth pulled when they got neutered?
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I've heard about the tooth retention, but Bugsy came out on their own.

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Kodi was neutered at 6.5 mos and the only place he marks is if I take him to the pet store. He doesn't mark in the house, or n anyone elses house. Just the pet store. He does lift he leg to pee. So does Shelby. It is so cute...She squats, but lifts her right hind leg.

We had no teeth pulling either.
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