Sancho Gets Neutered
For a while I struggled with the idea of having Sancho neutered. Why? Well, as most of you know by now, we have another pup, Oly, who was rescued from Miami-Dade County Animal Services. Because of their rules he was neutered at the very young age of 4 months in September of 2014. Oly had no issues until the end of 2016 which is when he started limping and walking funny. After many vet appointments it was determined that he suffered from hip dysplasia and after some more vet appointments, it was determined that he had torn ligaments in both knees as well as a torn meniscus in his left one. After what felt like a long road to his diagnosis, we did our research and learned that one of the causes of hip dysplasia and joint issues is being neutered too early. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, dogs' growth plates harden from calcium and minerals that they get from puberty hormones. If neutered too young and puberty hormones are blocked, it could lead to one extremity growing longer than the other even if it's just a little and that can cause the issues that Oly has faced. Other things do play roles in this as well, so neutering isn't the exact reason either. Genetics, weight and breed plays a role as well.
So needless to say, my husband and I were left a little worried that neutering Sancho before he went through puberty could also cause him to have issues later down the road. I really struggled because from the time Sancho came home at 9 weeks of age and his personality came out, I quickly realized he was a very dominant puppy. At 6 and a half months, he was humping Oly anytime he'd cross his path. I swear he'd look at me with his puppy dog eyes while doing it too! It's as though he was trying to tell me, "Momma, what is happening to me?" LOL! It was obvious he was full of testosterone and didn't know what to do with himself. Needless to say, after a few instances of being out in public and him acting up, I decided it was time and booked him to get snipped against my husband's wishes. On June 13th at the age of 8 months, Sancho said goodbye to his huevos!
Looking back, I do not regret my decision. It was never in my plan to breed him and given his personality I felt it was the best decision for his own good. I am happy to report that he recovered quickly and is still macho Sancho minus the goods!