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01 December 2009


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As one of the early commenters mentioned, I am concerned that this type of info will lead people to not fix their dogs. My first dog, Alicia, a Sheltie, was not spayed (mostly due to my own ignorance on the issue). She almost died when she developed bleeding in her uterus. The only thing that saved her was a hysterectomy. She lived to be 15 years old.

My brother's dog Remy, a Chow-Lab mix, was not neutered because my brother had this "guy thing." You know the whole belief that he would be taking away Remy's manhood. Remy developed cancer in his "Man parts". What saved him? Being neutered, at age 10. He's now 14 and still going strong.

I have seen what happens when people choose not to spay or neuter their pets - work or volunteer in any shelter and you'll see the ramifications of choosing not to "fix" your dog. I see it all of the time.

As a pet sitter and dog walker I have cared for numerous pets who have lived into their old age AND they were fixed.

I think it's great to share general info like this, but I would want to know the following... How MUCH longer do they live? What is their quality of life? How many accidental litters will result from people being careless when their female goes into heat?

Information is good when it is accompanied by data that shows the pros and cons of such a study.


I would like to know one thing.

Why does "leave your dog intact" automatically equal "will have unplanned litters"??

People who will have unplanned litters will continue to have unplanned litters; this information will not change them at all. People who are responsible dog owners are responsible dog owners; this information, while giving them something to think about, will not change them at all.

I also shake my head at the controversies surrounding docking/cropping/dewclaw removal/declawing/debarking, yet many of those same people don't bat an eye about ORGAN removal. Because, you know, it's "better" for the animals. Yeah.

Gina Spadafori

Not only organ removal, but cheap, assembly-line organ removal with no pain control.


I am a vet student and I am happy to see this study. The "righteousness" of spaying and neutering is one of those aspects of veterinary medicine that has almost become heresy to contradict. Of course spaying and neutering is harmful- not only for longetivity but quality of life as well. Sex hormones operate in nearly every organ system including the brain. (Ask a man with prostate cancer who is being treated with anti-testosterone therapy how it makes him feel.)

The fact is, vasectomy and uterine tube ligations are just as, if not easier to perform than traditional castration and hysterectomy, and these procedures leave the sex organs intact. Any vet can do them. Because of the simplicity of these procedures, there is no argument whatsoever for spay and neuter from a population control standpoint. The animal can eaisily be rendered infertile without altering its hormonal make up.

Therefore, the ONLY reason that spay and neuter is done is to render an animal passive and eliminate the occasional unpleasant discharge when a female is in heat. If you want to spay and neuter an animal, that is fine, but dont pretend you are doing it for any reason other than behavior modification.


My dog was spayed at fourteen months. She's anything but passive. And the problems of a bitch in heat aren't limited to "unpleasant discharge."

Your argument is no more honest than the argument that failure to spay and neuter is by definition irresponsible dog ownership, or will automatically contribute to more unwanted dogs in shelters.


my first dog was very happy.. til he went under the knife.. he was a happy boisterous energetic dog before the knife.. then as soon as it was done all he did was sit around the house and then even started to snap and kept looking at us like the white dog in the picture below middle right. but only thing that cheered him up was carrots.. he loved carrots but this was before I knew it was probably bad for him to have baby carrots seeing they dip them in bleach now but the last few years of his life he hated any male visitor whether it be related or not and hated kids but wouldnt' chase anyone just don't touch him and he would be "nice" tell me that isn't territorial cause he slept in a wicker basket.

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