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Old April 30th, 2010, 05:48 PM
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I am surprised you haven't found anything listing the pros and cons of pediatric spay/neuter. What does your breeder say?

There are several studies that show a correlation between pediatric spay/neuter with an increase in cancers, an increase in joint related issues (both hip and elbow dysplacia) and some behavioral issues.

Unfortunately, I just got a new computer and don't have all the bookmarked pages that I once had. I do have this link - you will need to download onto Adobe Reader the link at the bottom of the page.

http://sites.google.com/site/goodpup...rhealtheffects

Here are the pros and cons from that link.

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On the positive side, neutering male dogs
eliminates the small risk (probably <1%) of dying from testicular cancer
reduces the risk of non-cancerous prostate disorders
reduces the risk of perianal fistulas
may possibly reduce the risk of diabetes (data inconclusive)
On the negative side, neutering male dogs
if done before 1 year of age, significantly increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer); this is a
common cancer in medium/large and larger breeds with a poor prognosis.
increases the risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 1.6
triples the risk of hypothyroidism
increases the risk of progressive geriatric cognitive impairment
triples the risk of obesity, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems
quadruples the small risk (<0.6%) of prostate cancer
doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract cancers
increases the risk of orthopedic disorders
increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations
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