Spay and Neuter, when is it time?
Another question we get quite often, is when is the best time to “fix” a puppy? Spaying and neutering has usually always been said to be done at 6-7 months of age, if not earlier. However, recent findings have linked early altering of dogs with multiple risks which can greatly impact their long-term health. The articles below are extremely informative regarding the pros and cons of spaying and neutering your dog.
Here at Mountain Life Malamutes, we offer Limited AKC registration only with proof of spay/neuter, however we do not require this immediately. Limited AKC registration does not offer any additional rights or protections, but we understand that some families may wish to have papers to participate in certain AKC events or just have them for their own records.
We do feel that at some point, it is good to perform these surgeries, but as the article suggests, we feel it is better to wait, and the amount of “waiting” depends on the sex of the dog, and other factors. Waiting gives your dog a chance to go through puberty, sexually mature, and balance out chemically in their systems before taking those vital hormones from their bodies. These hormones are crucial for proper development, and in some cases, can even prevent certain diseases. There is still no specific answer as to when the “best time” is for every dog, or if your dog should ever be “fixed”. With females, you run the risk of a uterine infection called pyometra, so we do suggest spaying females before their 2nd cycle to reduce the risk associated with this bacterial infection. This is something you need to discuss with your veterinarian openly, and extensively. Finding the right veterinarian is almost as important as finding the right breeder. Often you will see that money and tradition are the focal point of many veterinarians, which is a real honest shame. Finding one that is genuinely familiar with the Alaskan Malamute, understands and accepts the importance of new research, and that not all dogs/breeds are the same, and should not always be treated the same – is VITAL. Please take the time to fully research the risks and benefits, and not just follow “tradition” for the sake of common practice.