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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Best Time to Neuter Your Pet Cat or Dog

What is the Optimal age for spay and neuter of cats and dogs?

Dr Gail C. Golab, PhD, DVM, Director of the Animal Welfare Division of the American Veterinary Association and member of the Pet-Law forum, has secured free public access to the following PDF from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
December 1, 2007, Vol. 231, No. 11, Pages 1665-1675
doi: 10.2460/javma.231.11.1665

Determining the optimal age for gonadectomy of dogs and cats

Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 55108. (Kustritz)

If sharing the article with others, please direct them to the above link, to the PDF, rather than forwarding the document itself. This, in order to honor the American Veterinary Medical Association's Copyright.


Happy New Year to all!

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Semavi Lady woofed at @ 1/03/2008 12:00:00 AM | Permanent link | (3) Comments

Blogger Neva sent us a woof // January 06, 2008

Thanks for the update....I think it said basically...do it whenever you want but before the first cycle of your female....lots of controversy on this I am sure...I am all for it whenever and however it gets the job done....it doesn't seem to have adverse effects early or late....interesting...   

Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // January 07, 2008

Our humane society won’t spay females before 10 weeks so we get to foster until then.
I think it’s too young but if they don’t do it too many will ignore the job contract or not.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // January 08, 2008

Neva, agreed. I think the main thing to take away from it (with the exception of shelters) is that decisions need to be made on a case by case basis with the owner and vet being responsible for the decision made. A 110 pound male Anatolian puppy that is 7 months old and which still squats to pee, still has open growth plates, is not even the same species as a cat the same age, nor does it have the same maturity or growth rate as a small breed dog.

As to controversy, see below.

Angel, I agree that 10 weeks is too young as general shelter policy but as you know, it is a catch-22 sort of thing indeed. Shelters do not make themselves accountable for fear behaviors, other problems including female incontinence that sometimes develops as the result of their neutering policies. Their main concern is to not see the unwanted progeny of the pets they adopt out.

Shelters and societies do not keep lifelong records of the outcome of their decisions on animals that they place. They are not in the position to say early neutering benefits all the pets they place.

However, I think the source of a pet, including shelters, have the right to make policy for their *own* animal placements because each deals with specific problems, target populations and goals.

When a person makes the choice to adopt from a shelter, they have effectively elected their source and should abide the policies.   

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