Early or delayed neutering? What to tell clients
March 27, 2020A frequently asked question small animal general practitioners often discuss with their clients is if and when pets should be neutered. Despite a very large body of relevant research evidence, there is still no definitive, universally accepted answer.
Surgical sterilization, neutering options for male cats, dogs
November 21, 2017Strong support exists for the view that gonadectomy has a net health benefit for female dogs and cats, but it is less clear that neutering benefits individual males. The risks of some diseases occurring are reduced or eliminated by neutering (for example, testicular neoplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy), but other disease appear to be more common in neutered males, though risk varies by breed and age at neutering (e.g., cranial cruciate ligament disease, feline interstitial cystitis).
Pros, cons of surgical sterilization, neutering options for females
September 14, 2017Among the most common surgical procedures in small animal practice are those for sterilization and neutering. The goal of these procedures is both to prevent reproduction and to provide a net health benefit for the patient that may include avoiding the risks of reproduction, reducing the incidence of those disease that are more common in intact animals, and reducing behaviors associated with intact status that can lead to relinquishment.
Study: Early neutering poses health risks for German shepherds
May 27, 2016German shepherd dogs are often the preferred breed for police and military work, as well as popular service dogs and family pets. But as most handlers, breeders and veterinarians are aware, joint disorders are a big concern in these animals.