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Neutering Dogs increases risk of joint problems and cancer?

Postby davie » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:52 am

Opinions on the article - do you agree or disagree with this

http://www.thestar.com/life/2013/03/01/dont_want_your_golden_retriever_to_get_cancer_dont_neuter_it.html
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Postby ajatashatru » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:05 am

Opinions on the article - do you agree or disagree with this

http://www.thestar.com/life/2013/03/01/dont_want_your_golden_retriever_to_get_cancer_dont_neuter_it.html
Hormonal changes can cause a slight change in growth. However, to the average pet owner, it's a non-issue. There's more of an issue with commercial dog foods. I would venture to say these issues could be better associated with the processed kibble dogs are being fed, along with the slew of allergies that present from inappropriate food sources and the high number of pancreatic issues. Dogs need to be neutered because that is the larger issue than a small number of isolated cases that have not been proven to be linked.
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Postby danakas62 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:08 am

Opinions on the article - do you agree or disagree with this

http://www.thestar.com/life/2013/03/01/dont_want_your_golden_retriever_to_get_cancer_dont_neuter_it.html
Hormonal changes can cause a slight change in growth. However, to the average pet owner, it's a non-issue. There's more of an issue with commercial dog foods. I would venture to say these issues could be better associated with the processed kibble dogs are being fed, along with the slew of allergies that present from inappropriate food sources and the high number of pancreatic issues. Dogs need to be neutered because that is the larger issue than a small number of isolated cases that have not been proven to be linked.
It is not just a question of agree or disagree..this study is not about ALL dogs..they are referring to only one breed..the Golden Retriever. The bigger part of this is that Goldens have been "overbred" to the point where they have MANY more health issues than many other breeds.
The study itself is not done randomly, it is done on only those subjects brought to a specific veterinary study hospital. So the point is that the study is done on an unhealthy breed of dog and specifically on dogs that were sick and brought to the hospital. How is this a fair and unbiased study?
Secondly, they do talk about early and late neuter and spay...dogs that have been neutered too soon..probably before 4-6 months..and dogs that have been neutered likely after puberty. Again, where is the fair and unbiased assessment of those dogs who were neutered within the optimum time? Nothing in this article makes me believe the statement that neutering increases health issues.

It has become a more popular trend of thought to neuter after one year to allow the natural progression of hormones to allow the dog its optimum growth. Personally, I believe that the positive gain is negligible.
The article also mentions that people should be allowed their own choice about what to do and owners should be aware enough to manage those choices. Personally, I believe that if you are not a reputable breeder, your dog should be neutered. And that too many people do "allow" their dogs to have unplanned litters which add to the puppy population and doesn't do anything to further a specific breed.
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Postby rae4 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:25 am

The joint problem has been proven, so I neuter and spay my dogs once they reach puberty. As far as the cancer goes, they need to do more research. It could just be that lots of goldens get cancer. The increase could be from the fact that people usually neuter their animals if they don't want to breed them, and so the dogs that aren't neutered are just better stock.
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Postby emile98 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:32 am

........................ and there is an equal or greater number of experts in the field who will categorically state that neutering is NOT related to a single one of the maladies.

I neither agree or disagree with this article because I have no interest in debating on a question and answer site, but I neuter all my animals because I am a responsible member of my community.
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Postby hurlbart » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:41 am

If you read the article it states that the experiment used Golden Retrievers, that they are more prone to these types of cancer, and that you cannot apply the results to other breeds.
The moral would seem to be don't neuter Goldens too early.
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Postby lamonte4 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:52 am

I wouldn't ever neuter young, but then I wouldn't be allowing my dogs to roam and get pregnant either.

It is a very debatable question this and you will find opinions on all sides.

I don't know for sure even though I've read a lot about it.
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Postby ryker84 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:05 am

not true. what is true is that it can open a possibility of infection and some dogs are allergic o some products used in the procedure.
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Postby honorato » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:15 am

Animals that are fixed live longer on balance than those that aren't. Joint problems and cancer are more likely to affect animals that are older, so that will skew the results.
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Postby honorato » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:28 am

Agree
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