I've heard a lot of people say you should wait until a dogs "growth plates" are closed before fixing them. What does that mean? From what I understand it isn't really a bone structure called a growth plate but more of an area at the end of the bone that has to do with the length or speed that the bone grows... is that right? I'd like to know what it is actually referring to.
I was listening to a TED talk that was talking about the layer of stem cells over a bone that causes bones to heal and it makes me wonder if that is related.