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Female Dogs Live Longer if They Keep Their Ovaries

Postby Doc E » Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:13 pm

Due to skeletal concerns, I have always thought that there is sufficient evidence to not spay or neuter before 14 months of age.

Here is a new study that shows that female dogs live significantly longer than those spayed early. This study shows that females that are spayed prior to 4.5 years of age have a shorter life expectancy.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2805875/

Take that to your Vet who wants to spay at 6 months of age ! ! !

I'll be interested to see if a similar study is done on males.



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Re: Female Dogs Live Longer if They Keep Their Ovaries

Postby GRIFF MAN » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:22 am

Finally, someone else with common sense !!!


I have been preaching this for years.. I couldn't agree more. There is plenty of research that is credible stating the same.


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Re: Female Dogs Live Longer if They Keep Their Ovaries

Postby DrahtsundBraats » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:20 am

Many vets believe that you and I are irresponsible and incapable of keeping track of our dogs....looking in our wallets is also in interest :lol:
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Re: Female Dogs Live Longer if They Keep Their Ovaries

Postby blue04 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:27 pm

For years I believed the hype, and followed my vet's advice when they suggested early spaying and neutering. I understand their point, but I've come to a different conclusion after years of looking into it on my own.

If I've got a dog that I know I'm not going to breed, I would consider a spay or neuter after 2 years of age. At some level it's nice to not have to worry about accidental litters from dogs that I know I don't want to breed. But I believe that there is enough evidence of adverse health effects of early spay/neuter to wait until the dog is at least 2.
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