|Barked: Wed Dec 24, '08 12:15pm PST |
|In the USA, some places will neuter at 8 weeks old. However, most vets I've spoken to won't do a pup unless he's at least 5 months old. However, I don't think it's illegal to do a pup or cat under that age. I'm not sure. Different states have different laws. I've never heard of neutering at 8 weeks- but, I imagine a shelter would do it since many shelters have a spay/neuter contract and many more will spay/neuter the pets themselves. (answering the above poster)
(answering the OP now) I've never heard of it affecting their growth. My family has usually waited until 6 months to get our pets fixed- but, my mom had a pomeranian fixed a bit younger. There was a reason- I can't remember why. She was always normal in size and her growth wasn't affected at all.
I wouldn't worry too much about it just yet.
I've heard that it might cause the male not to lift his leg to pee. However, my friend had a poodle that was neutered at 5 months and he lifted his leg. Chance isn't neutered and he squats. I think that's a myth, too. Some dogs just never lift their legs. It's personality not neutering, I think.
Might I add that Lilo (our FEMALE APBT) lifts her leg to mark.
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