If you think about it, spaying
and neutering really gets to the core of the problem," he said.
A study published in the Journal of the National Institutes of Cancer in 1969, "Factors Influencing Canine Mammary Cancer Development and Post-Surgical Survival Rates," is the most commonly cited reference regarding the correlation between spaying
and mammary cancer in dogs.
The long-term concerns about elective spaying
include: Weight gain (this can be controlled by monitoring caloric intake); surgical and anesthetic risks, which are very low; hormone-responsive urinary incontinence; growth plates of bones remaining open or active longer, resulting in dogs that appear taller than normal.
Also worth noting is the fact that spaying
prevents a female from going into heat, a mating activity that typically occurs several times a year.
This benefit reduces as the dog ages - so spaying
early confers a great health benefit for the dog.
females means that it will be impossible for them to have any more puppies, which is far more effective," says Salter.
There are also several benefits to spaying
If you are convinced that you want to breed however, and you're confident that you will find good homes for the puppies, then discuss with your vet spaying
your dog after her first litter.
campaign has already begun and will be completed by the end of the year in cooperation with private veterinarians that showed interest.
Behavior tests commenced four to five months after the spaying
operations, when the animals were fully healed, and spayed dogs were compared to sexually intact dogs.
The cost of spaying
or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for a year.