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Sue   Memphis, Tennessee

1/2/2014 8:16:08 PM

Good luck. My precious, healthy Pomerian baby just died today during her elective spaying surgery.

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Patricia   McKinney, Texas

12/22/2013 9:55:51 AM

I own a male Akita...he is my second one. I neutered my first Akita at approximately 4 years of age because his testicles never descended and that can cause cancer. Aside from preventing possible cancer in that case, there were no other advantages that I could detect. He had a beautiful disposition before and after the procedure. He immediately began to gain weight....he was always able to eat as much as he wanted. Post neuter, I literally could only feed him one measuring cup of kibble in the morning, and one in the evening to keep him trim. He was given tons of exercise as I am a jogger. Neutering absolutely does not sit well with me...feeding a 105 lb dog two measuring cups of food a day to keep his weight down just seems wrong. My present Akita is lean and beautiful and not neutered. I can tell immediately if a male dog is neutered....they look like a walking 'coffee table'....wide body, skinny legs. My dogs are monitored 24/7... I have a fenced in yard...they are given lots of exercise and human interaction. If you cannot provide these things to an animal, then don't own one. I understand the issues of overpopulation of unwanted and abused animals. However, I don't believe a blanket resolution of 'neutering all pets' is the answer. Education and responsibility are the answers. Again, if you cannot provide love, monitoring, daily interaction, high quality food, and lots of exercise to your pet...then simply don't own one.

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joy gustin   goshen,ohio, International

5/5/2013 8:30:08 AM

my 4 monthold male schnauzer is tryingto mate with my 1 old female schnauzer that is spayed ,is this normal? can he be neutered now?should i seperate them.?

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Gregory   Ottawa, ON

4/9/2012 12:05:45 PM

Although there are many potential benefits to spaying or neutering dogs, there are also many risks, and I think it is less than honest not to list the downsides. It is a simple matter of giving people all the facts to allow them to make an informed
decision.

(1) Neutered dogs have been scientifically shown to be 2 times more likely to suffer from prostate adenocarcinoma, 4 times more likely to suffer from prostate carcinoma, 4 times more likely to suffer from malignant bladder cancer, and 8 times more likely to suffer from prostate transitional cell carcinoma. (Source, "A population study of neutering status as a risk factor for canine prostate cancer" by the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Missouri, see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17516571
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(2) Spayed and neutered male dogs have a significantly increased risks of anterior cruciate ligament
injuries

(3) Spayed females have 2 times the risk of a spleen tumour and 5 times the risk of a heart
tumor

(4) Neutered males have 2.4 times the risk of a heart
tumour

(5) Spaying or neutering reduces a dog's metabolism, increasing the risk of obesity. This is not insurmountable: an owner simply needs to feed less and exercise more, but the risk should not be
ignored.

(6) The risks of anaesthetising a dog for the surgery increase rapidly after one year of age. If it is carried out at all, spaying and neutering should be done sooner rather than
later.

All of this is not to say that people should not spay or neuter their dogs. But if you do so, make sure it is because you have carefully thought out what is best for your pet, and not acted on half-truths from people pursuing their own agendas instead of the best interests of your best friend.

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DANIEL   LITTLE FALLS, NY

12/3/2010 7:37:10 AM

I have a giant breed puppy, a Leonberger. The LCA, plus all breeders of Leonbergers and other giant breeds recommend not neutering males until at least 18 months old, preferably 2 years old. Thru extensive health studies it has been found giant breeds need this extra time to finish growing. If nuetering is done early they found causes improper growth and possibly some types of bone cancers.

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Maggie   Harrisburg, PA

8/17/2010 5:24:32 AM

Cindy has it right..."who's truth is it". Spaying/neutering too young (or altogether?) may increase the risk of several health problems including bone cancer, urinary incontinence, etc. A recent study indicated that dogs who were not spayed lived longer than dogs who were. There are alternatives...a diligent/responsible owner will know how to protect their dog from unwanted breedings.


Did you know that we are starting to see a shortage of dogs in the US? One of the reasons shelters are having to ship adoptable dogs in! The animal rights activists (and others) promote spay/neuter as it's a step towards their ultimate goal of eliminating companion dogs from our society!

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Cindy   Hudson, MA

8/15/2010 12:03:53 PM

Whose truth is it???? What you failed to mention is that many vets mostly those who practice holistic/alternative medicine DO NOT RECOMMEND spaying or neutering until the pup has reached adulthood or has grown to its full size..why??? because of canine cancer!!! When you spay/neuter to soon you are interfering with hormonal growth... bones are not fully developed or ligaments or muscle mass..this pertains especially to larger dogs who are more prone to
osteosarcoma.
While it is responsible to spay and neuter your dog it is also responsible to make sure you give your pup the chance to grow that it needs to deter other ailments.. the chance of mammary cancer in a dog spayed at 2 yrs old is not overly significant but the chances of osteosarcoma in a large bone dog is much greater if spayed before the first heat or if the dog is not fully grown.. There have been many published papers about this topic but I have found that conventional vets do not support this.

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dog   dog, MS

7/11/2008 11:17:54 AM

spay and neuter keeps dogs from going to the animal shelter same for cats and mice

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Amanda   Winter Haven, FL

11/22/2007 6:10:22 PM

Thanks for the article.

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