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Endorsed by Vets, It Triggers Cancer, Dysplasia and More

Oddly, this single decision can place the odds in your pet's favor, or against it. Do what most vets recommend, and you greatly increase her risk of dysplasia and many kinds of cancer, including a 1 in 4 lifetime risk of bone cancer. Handle this hot potato with TLC.

age of spaying neutering

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Dogs in the U.S. are routinely spayed or neutered between the ages of 4 and 9 months
  • Over the last several years, a number of studies have been conducted on the effects of spay/neuter in large and giant breed dogs
  • While spaying or neutering these dogs decreases or prevents reproductive organ disease, it increases the risk for other diseases, including obesity, musculoskeletal disorders and several types of canine cancer
  • My preference is to perform a sterilization procedure that spares the ovaries or testes instead of a full spay or neuter, however, there are very few veterinarians in the U.S. who are trained to sterilize rather than desex
  • If your large or giant breed dog absolutely must be spayed or neutered the conventional way, I recommend waiting until full musculoskeletal maturity has been reached, and in females, until after the first estrus cycle

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