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Early Spay & Neuter FAQs

Addressing concerns about early spay/neuter

Extrapolated from article written by Dr. Bushby and Dr. Griffin

  • OBESITY

    • This is a multi-factorial problem with a tendency to occur regardless of the age at which an animal is spayed or neutered.

  • STUNTED GROWTH

    • Studies have proven this false. The growth plates actually close a little later in fixed animals.

  • HIP DYSPLASIA

    • Two major studies have been performed and the results are equivocal. A study at Texas A & M showed no increase in hip dysplasia whereas a study at Cornell showed a slight increase.

  • PERIVULVAR DERMATITIS

    • Spaying appears to have no influence on the incidence of perivulvar dermatitis. It is actually related to a recessed vulva and made worse by obesity.

  • PUPPY VAGINITIS

    • The incidence is the same regardless of the age of the dog at the time of the spay.

  • FELINE URINARY OBSTRUCTION

    • The diameter of the penile urethra does not change following castration.

  • URINARY INCONTINENCE

    • Three studies have been performed and the results are equivocal. A study at Texas A & M showed no difference whereas a study at Cornell showed a slight increase. A third study actually found that dogs spayed AFTER their first heat cycle were more likely to have incontinence than if spayed BEFORE the onset of puberty.

  • ANESTHESIA

    • We take precautions to keep the body temperature and blood glucose concentration normal while at the hospital. This allows for anesthesia with minimal risk.

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