Studies have shown spaying and/or neutering before growth plates have closed causes many health issues. It is recommend that you wait till they are 18 to 24 months old and never before a year of age. The video below is great at explaining the whys & hows.
What foods to feed?
Look for foods that meet WSAVA guidelines such as Eukanuba, Royal Canin & Iams to name a few. All of these companies employ a veterinary nutritionist, control their production lines & conduct AAFCO food trials.
Check ingredients. I avoid anything with peas & soy.
Diet Related DCM.. What is it?
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) occurs when the heart muscle becomes weak. This leads to a loss of the ability to contract normally and pump blood throughout the body. A common thread among affected dogs was the consumption of foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. (Grain Free)
"If the diet is boutique, contains exotic ingredients, or is grain free, consider a diet change"
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