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Something to get you started. Don't know if the links will be active this way:

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Regarding neutering, the science now seems to lean to leaving a male intact, with some exceptions.

A link to a very long article below from a previous post on this subject:

Benefits and Risks of Neutering–An Evidence-Based Approach | The SkeptVet

and this is the link to an even longer paper by the same author:

http://skeptvet.com/Blog/wp-content/...s-and-Cats.pdf

Excerpted from the conclusion:

"In male dogs, the individual benefits of castration are not clearly greater than the risks. In the absence of established problems with aggression, roaming, or prostate disease, it does not appear that neutering has predictable health benefits for individual dogs. And while the potential of increased cancer risk appears less significant for males than females, other breed-specific risks, such as that of cruciate ligament disease, are likely greater in neutered males. The population benefits, of course, argue in favor of routine neutering of male dogs. However, in terms of individual health, a strong case can be made for not
routinely neutering male dogs."

Mine are mini's. We decided to neuter just after 1yr, when they'd pretty much reached physical maturity. The loss of those hormones too soon can adversely affect many body systems, some sooner, some later. In the research I've done online, it seems to me that the loss of the hormones, especially too young, might be the catalyst for a lot of the problems. If neutering is a possibility, or even if required by contract, etc, waiting til physical maturity is reached (age varies) gives your pup the best chances.


Ok this link should get to the blog and the other links:

http://skeptvet.com/Blog/

A general internet search for neutering male poodle should bring more results backing this position up.
 

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Something to get you started. Don't know if the links will be active this way:



Hi



Regarding neutering, the science now seems to lean to leaving a male intact, with some exceptions.



A link to a very long article below from a previous post on this subject:



Benefits and Risks of Neutering–An Evidence-Based Approach | The SkeptVet



and this is the link to an even longer paper by the same author:



http://skeptvet.com/Blog/wp-content/...s-and-Cats.pdf



Excerpted from the conclusion:



"In male dogs, the individual benefits of castration are not clearly greater than the risks. In the absence of established problems with aggression, roaming, or prostate disease, it does not appear that neutering has predictable health benefits for individual dogs. And while the potential of increased cancer risk appears less significant for males than females, other breed-specific risks, such as that of cruciate ligament disease, are likely greater in neutered males. The population benefits, of course, argue in favor of routine neutering of male dogs. However, in terms of individual health, a strong case can be made for not

routinely neutering male dogs."



Mine are mini's. We decided to neuter just after 1yr, when they'd pretty much reached physical maturity. The loss of those hormones too soon can adversely affect many body systems, some sooner, some later. In the research I've done online, it seems to me that the loss of the hormones, especially too young, might be the catalyst for a lot of the problems. If neutering is a possibility, or even if required by contract, etc, waiting til physical maturity is reached (age varies) gives your pup the best chances.
Thank you so much for the information ,it does answer a lot of the questions I had about when to have papa fixed. It is always good to to know more facts to make the best decisions for him .

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Good evening folks does anybody know the best way to remove tree sap off a naughty little poodle ? He loves that tree but we are in a sticky situation. Haha

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Good evening folks does anybody know the best way to remove tree sap off a naughty little poodle ? He loves that tree but we are in a sticky situation. Haha

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Haha I might be tempted to just shave it all off at that point! If you aren't in favor of that, I'd try something like mineral oil or peanut butter, followed by a good shampoo.
 

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Haha I might be tempted to just shave it all off at that point! If you aren't in favor of that, I'd try something like mineral oil or peanut butter, followed by a good shampoo.
Cool thank you so much ,I did not know about peanut butter ,I will give that a shot. Papa is 12 weeks old and has not figured out tree sap yet .I swear Hexe is laughing at him. .

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That was good times with a little peanut butter and Rosmary and mint shampoo we have one unsticky Papa. Thank you for the info .


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it's highly recommended that you hold off on neutering til he's reached physical maturity,18m-24m, usually. There's compelling medical evidence for males behind this suggestion.
Thank you I was not aware of that, I will have to do more research on the subject .
Hi Lang! Yes, there are quite a few members who don't neuter their males until 18 to 24 months and some not at all. Doing this too early impacts hormones, bone growth plates and much more. Here are a few links to get you started:


For owners of both males and females, this article below very helpful:

Determining the Best Age at Which to Spay or Neuter a Dog


These links address mostly neutering males:

Before You Do Something Permanent, Know About Growth Plates

Don’t Neuter Your Dog YET

Long-Term Health Effects of Neutering Dogs
 

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Rose, I couldn't access your link to skepvet.com, but maybe this one will work:



Neutered Dogs Live Longer than Intact Dogs
Thank you so much for the links and info I will definitely read up on this Papa is the first male spoo I have ever had I usually have females but he was too cute and was the first that walked up to me so I could not tell him no. Haha

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