Megane - Question about spaying/neutering
I have seen several posts supporting the idea of shelters/rescues/breeders spaying/neutering animals before adoptions.
I was told by my vet that my teen kitten (now neutered) should not be neutered before 4 months since there are normal hormonal changes that he needs to get through his body before neutering for proper development.
Same story with my dogs. Never have spayed or neutered before six months. Usually with the boys it is when the adult canine teeth push the baby canine teeth out. At least that was the benchmark given to me for when it is time to have them neutered.
I was wondering what your opinion is on this, and what the practice you are affiliated with is doing with regard to the appropriate age with regard to the hormones these animals have.
I am little curious if it is safe to spay/neuter an animal at 2lbs - that is the weight a local shelter gave me that they spay/neuter kittens before putting them out for adoption. My vet says they are "crazy". Is he correct that these animals need to develop to a certain point before you neuter/spay them?
To all the rescue/shelter advocates - I know what you think, so please don't respond to this post. I know you want to prevent unwanted pregnancies in cats and dogs as much as I do, I am asking from the standpoint of the hormal changes that are being discounted by spaying/neutering a pet too young.
Thank you for your assistance in clearing this up for me.