Early Spay Neuter
Early spaying and neutering a puppy around 12 weeks of age is a great way to handle your puppies being altered. Veterinarians discovered many years ago that if the female was spayed before she had her first heat, it reduced the chances of mammary tumors to almost none. If males are neutered before their own changes occur the reduction of later tumors and prostate infections is greatly reduced. Once these problems occur, the dog's health is now compromised and as with anything, the risks increase. Spaying your female and neutering the Yorkie male has great advantages. Not only reducing the risk of later health problems, but without the hormones in their systems, it makes for a much happier dog and owner.
Unwanted puppies are everywhere being produced, and bred by irresponsible breeders and something had to be done to help reduce the incidence of dogs in shelters and rescues which are currently over run. Responsible breeders have for years sold companion puppies with a spay or neuter contract to try and prevent irresponsible breeding. Early spay or neuter is the way to go for the breeder and for the puppy. I find my pet owners are appreciative that I went through the surgery on the dog and they did not have to deal with it or the aftercare. The youngster tolerates this surgery easily and no hormones are entering the system to possibly cause any later problems.
With the new anesthetics available and the surgical procedures having improved so much, it has made the surgical procedures safer than waiting as in years past for the six months age to have it done. The youngsters recover faster and have fewer problems then the older puppies and come home from the procedure running around being silly and act like it was no big deal.
If your puppy has not been early spayed or neutered, it's best not to wait past the 6 to 9 months age period. Again puppies go through surgical procedures much easier than an older adult would. It's never too late to alter your dogs though. If you've gotten one as an adult that has not been taken care of, you can still have the surgery done. Yorkies are tough little dogs and surgeries for a healthy dog seem to be taken in stride by these spunky little guys.
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