Joint Problems with Early Neutering/Spaying
Most German Shepherds are prone to hip dysplasia, cranial crucial ligament rupture, and elbow dysplasia.
According to the study, the incidence of all three joint problems is higher in dogs desexed before 1 year of age.
The risk for hip dysplasia is doubled when neutered/spayed early and the incidence of CCL is 8-12 times bigger.
This highly impacts the German Shepherd’s well-being for the rest of its life.
Both diseases significantly shorten the dog’s working career.
CCL is very expensive to treat and requires many weeks of rehabilitation. This is a ligament that ties all bones in the knee.
Without it, there is poor stabilization of the joint, and uncomfortable arthritis may develop.