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Pet spay-neuter studies spotlight health risks, benefits

May 23, 2013
By: Christy Corp-Minamiji
For The VIN News Service

Orders to “Spay and Neuter Your Pets” have been a part of the American cultural landscape for decades, popping up everywhere from billboards to game shows. The idea that neutering is right for pets individually and collectively is well accepted. But recent research suggests surgical sterilization brings a complicated blend of long-term individual health risks as well as benefits.

Two studies published this year within a 2-month period highlight the paradox. The first study, conducted by a team at the University of California, Davis, found a greater occurrence of hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tears and two types of cancer in sterilized golden retrievers compared with their intact counterparts. The research found the health risks generally were greater for dogs that were younger than 1 year when sterilized.

The second study, conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia, Athens (UGA), found a strong association between sterilization and greater longevity...

Read more: http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=27205

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The Health Implications of Early Spay and Neuter

In the United States spaying and neutering is generally recommended as the standard of care by veterinarians, and for years the procedures have been completed prior to maturity. These recommendations are influenced in part by concerns about pet-overpopulation. However, research is indicating that the timing of spay and neuter in dogs has implications for the long-term health.

In a research study supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Dr. Ben Hart and colleagues from the University of California at Davis used a large veterinary database to determine what exactly the implications of neutering might be for a breed of dogs that is one of the most popular in the U.S. – the Golden Retriever. They compared health outcomes for dogs who were neutered early (before 1 year of age), neutered late (after 1 year of age), or left intact. The results were fascinating: timing of spay and neuter significantly affected the risk of a dog developing serious health problems. This information has implications for both the practice of veterinary medicine in the US and our understanding of the role of gonadal hormones in human health.

Published in the February 2013 issue of PLOS One, this study showed that early neutering more than doubled the risk of hip dysplasia in male, but not female golden retrievers. Early neutering also significantly increased the risk of both cranial cruciate ligament tear (CCL) and lymphosarcoma (LSA) in dogs of both sexes. In female dogs, late neutering also increased the risk of hemangiosarcoma (HSA) and mast cell tumor (MCT). There were no mast cell tumors in intact female dogs...

- See more at: http://www.akcchf.org/research/success-stories/early-spay-neuter.html#sthash.QhwR0xec.dpuf

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