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At what age should puppies be neutered?

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The traditional age for neutering a puppy is from 6 to 9 months old. However, a puppy as young as 8 weeks can be neutered if there are no other health problems.

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Although it is best to have dogs neutered when they are puppies, they can also be neutered as adults. However, this leads to a slightly increased risk of post-operative complications in overweight older dogs.

Neutering a male dog leads to a decreased risk of conditions such as testicular cancer and prostate problems, as well as a diminished tendency for aggressive behavior, territorial marking and social problems with other dogs.

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