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How old should a dog be when it is neutered?

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Six to nine months is the traditional age before neutering is acceptable, although eight weeks is sufficient if the puppy is in good health. Neutering older dogs carries a risk of medical complications if the animal is overweight.

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How old should a dog be when it is neutered?
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Besides the benefit of preventing unwanted pregnancies in domestic dogs, neutering reduces the risks of prostate-related maladies and testicular cancer. In addition, certain hormone-related behaviors are reduced if the animal is neutered. These include urine marking, roaming, aggression, mounting and social problems with other dogs. It is best to neuter a dog at the recommended age; otherwise, it is possible the animal will maintain some of these behaviors if it is old enough to have displayed them.

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