There is currently a great controversy in the Animal Care Field regarding the “right” age to spay or neuter a pet and the “right” technique to use.
As there is no right answer right now, here are links to important research that can help you decide what is right for your pet:
What Can We Learn from Old Dogs – the fascinating TedX presentation by Dr. David Waters, on the last night of his Old Gray Muzzle Tour. Sit down with a big bowl of popcorn and your favorite drink to watch this one – you will be fascinated by his breaking information – The Oldest Dogs as our Greatest Teachers.
Dr. David Water’s Old Gray Muzzle Tour – the tour that investigated the link of lifetime ovary exposure (age of spaying/not spaying) with longevity in the dog.
via Purdue Research Park
Exploring mechanisms of sex differences in longevity – lifetime ovary exposure and exceptional longevity in dogs.
via Wiley Online Library.
via Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation
Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay/Neuter in Dogs – comprehensive article on the benefits and risks of spaying and neutering.
via National Animal Interest Alliance – NAIA
via Society for Theriogenology
Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete – Dr. Christine Zink’s article looks at how spaying and neutering effects the athlete.
via Canine Sports
Is Early Neutering Hurting Pets? – by Dr. Alice Villalobos
via Veterinary Practice News
Reproductive Biology and Medicine of Domestic and Exotic Carnivores – Dr. Iris Reichler’s research on spaying and neutering – the European perspective.
via International Veterinary Information Service – IVIS
The Adverse Health Effects of Early Spay and Neuter in Golden Retrievers – one Golden Retriever Breeder’s perspective on spaying and neutering.
via Sunbeam Goldens
The Ovary-Sparing Spay
The heat cycles remain and there is no protective effect for preventing breast cancer, but as you can read below, there may be longevity benefits to leaving the ovaries and removing the entire uterus including the cervix. This requires a longer incision, but may be a better option.
Ovary Sparing Spay and Vasectomy Chart – Dr. Greer outlines the key differences between the regular Spay/Neuter and the Ovary Sparing Spay/Vassectomy options.
Ovariectomy (OVE) Versus Ovariohysterectomy (OVH) Revisited – Dr. Nancy Kay, author of Speaking for Spot, and her perspective on Ovariectomy versus Ovariohysterectomy.
via Speaking for Spot
via Parsemus Foundation
Ovarian Conservation at the time of Hysterectomy – the comparable information about humans, a nurse’s study in Great Britain.
via National Center for Biotechnology Information – NCBI