This is something most people these days don’t even consider as contributing to the ill health of their pets. We’ve been very conditioned to have this common procedure done to our pets whether they have the opportunity to breed or not.
Commonly referred to as: Spaying, Neutering, and the worst possible name for it, “fixed“. They aren’t broken and in fact this is a major organ system not an “extra” body part. I’d venture to say they become “broken” rather than “fixed” after this organ system is removed.
In fact, we are actually altering the very makeup of our animals when we remove a major organ system that also plays other vital roles other than reproduction. Altering our dogs contributes to health and behavioral issues far more than we may realize.
These links are provided for you to research out and ponder. Not to tell you what to do or that your choice is right or wrong. This is also definitely not with a focus on politics or mandates but rather on the whole health and well being of your dog. So let me share a quote that explains this hot button topic well:
“The problem is… we get into WHO is right and WHO is wrong vs WHAT is right and WHAT is wrong.” ~Coach George Raveling
On the links below you can learn a lot more about this, how to support your dog hormonally if they are altered, and also a possible “middle of the road” solution as well that offers yet another choice for you and your dog:
Neuter/Spay: Avoid Long-Term Effects
Groundbreaking Study Released on Sterilization Alternatives
Spay/Neuter Risks in Large Breed Dogs
Alternatives to Spaying and Neutering
Are There Behavior Changes When Dogs Are Spayed or Neutered?
The Debate Over Neutering
Should Dogs Be Neutered?
UC Davis Golden retriever study suggests neutering affects dog health
The Spay/Neuter Health Denigration
Neutering Effects More Severe in Golden Retrievers Than in Labradors
Behavioral and Physical Effects of Spaying and Neutering Domestic Dogs(Canis familiaris)
Spaying and Neutering: Does It Cause Depression in Dogs and Cats?
Spaying and Neutering
Should Dogs Be Neutered?
Companion Animals as Targets of Impolite Human Comments
Long-Term Health Effects of Spay-Neuter in Dogs
Early Spay/Neuter in the Cat
At What Age Should I Spay Or Neuter My Dog or Cat? What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Neutering My Pet? Revisiting The Idea Of Early-Age Neutering
Determining the Best Age At Which to Spay or Neuter: An Evidence-Based Analysis
A Healthier Respect for Ovaries
Rottweiler study links ovaries with exceptional longevity
Castration Affected Skeleton Of Famous Opera Singer Farinelli, Archaeologists Say
For a more normal life for a pet: Partial Spay
A population study of neutering status as a risk factor for canine prostate cancer
Rethinking Spay & Neuter
The influence of castration on the development of prostatic carcinoma in the dog
Canine ovariohysterectomy and orchiectomy increases the prevalence of ACL injury
The relationship of urinary incontinence to early spaying in bitches
Spayed and neutered Golden Retrievers are more likely to develop hypothyroidism
Long-term outcome of gonadectomy performed at an early age or traditional age in dogs
This One Procedure Could Reduce Your Pet’s Lifespan by Over 30%
Annual Vaccination and Spaying is a Deadly Combination!
Announcing a New Safer Alternative to Traditional Spaying
Spay and Neuter Medical Facts
The Cruelty of Castration: Risk vs Benefit
A Healthier Respect For Ovaries
Spay & Neuter Information
with Dr. Myrna Milani…
Those Crazy Humans!
Tipping Away from Fear
Making Sense of Scents
Semantic Contagion Redux
Hormone Support for Your Altered Pet
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