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Stairs are much more dangerious to puppies than adults, Damage to growth plates which are soft can cause crippling orthopeadic conditions. Growth plates can close as early as 9 months and as late as 18 months. Spaying/and nuetering delay closure of growth plates. The 1 YEAR recommendation is a rule of thumb but not by all means without some risk even though greatly diminished then the risk in younger pups.
 
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