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My Thoughts on Spaying or Neutering your Golden Retriever

  

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The recommendation as to when to have your Golden Retriever spayed or neutered is an evolving discussion. As more research is done it gives us a fuller view of the long term risk factors involved. I'm starting to collect links to helpful information in regards to spay/neutering. To summarize what research I’ve done is that is almost every circumstance it is best to wait unit a male at least 1 year of age before having him neutered. Males that were neutered before a year of age had almost double the risk of hip dysplasia (HD), cranial cruciate ligament tear (CCL), and lymphosarcoma (LSA). Females had a higher risk as well, but when they were spayed after a year of age the chances for hemangiosarcoma (HSA) and mass cell tumor (MCT) increased. See the charts below for a summary. 

Contractually I will not allow one of my puppies to be altered before 6 months of age. Growing research suggests that I should increase that to 12 months of age.

  

  

  

  

  

Links:

  

This one is the most detailed:

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0055937

  

http://www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/spay--neuter-effects.html

  

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/spay-neuter-and-joint-disease/

  

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/three-reasons-to-reconsider-spayneuter/

  

http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10498

  

http://retrieverlife.com/ive-change-heart-spaying-neutering/

  

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2014/06/13/neutering-spaying-cancer-risk.aspx

  

http://breedingbetterdogs.com/article/reported-risks-associated-spay-neuter

  

 

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