Spaying or neutering your Labrador puppy is a good idea, even though you may have come across or heard by word of mouth several myths associated with the act. It’s usually best for Labrador health to spay or neuter your dog when she is still a puppy, when she is more resilient and tend to recover in a shorter amount of time than older or more mature Labs.
We humans associate gender with our personal identity to a very strong degree, but Labradors do not have this kind of psychological or cultural concept to deal with, so it is a mistake to assume that your dog will be traumatized when you have him or her neutered or spayed.
Another common misconception is that neutering or spaying your pet will make him or her fat, lazy, and lacking energy. Except for the period of time immediately after the procedure is performed, spaying or neuturing your dog will not effect their metabolism. Remember, dogs do not grow fat and lazy because of a lack of reproductive organs, but because of metabolic functions and what kind of dog food you buy and how much you feed them. The solution is to be careful not to overfeed your Labrador, and to be sure to give her plenty of attention, time for play, andexercise.
Spaying your puppy is best to do before she goes into heat. Studies have shown that this is the most healthy option for optimum Labrador health, prevents tumors, and you do not have to deal with the sporadic and crazy behavior of a dog in heat, as well as the possibility of puppies.
Spaying or neutering your Labrador Retriever is one of the most important things you can do to help ensure they stay healthy and happy. Every dog, except those used for breeding, should be spayed or neutered.