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Old December 11th, 2013, 07:39 AM
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Dr. Becker: The Truth About Spaying and Neutering

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enPCZA1WFKY

This is very interesting if you have time to watch it all. She talks mostly about dogs so I've put it in the Dog Health section. I have links to much of the research she discusses. They have all been posted here a couple of times so you might find them here on your own.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 10:27 AM
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Thanks for sharing. A transcript of the video can also be found here: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...lth-risks.aspx
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Old December 11th, 2013, 10:58 AM
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Hmmm interesting.

If she's right (never take 1 person's word for anything ) then some people will stop spaying and neutering.
If that happens shelters will fill up even more....
Because the accidents will always happen... people work - people are busy....mistakes happen.

Very tricky this line of thinking....but very interesting as well.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 11:28 AM
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Hmmm interesting.

If she's right (never take 1 person's word for anything ) then some people will stop spaying and neutering.
If that happens shelters will fill up even more....
Because the accidents will always happen... people work - people are busy....mistakes happen.

Very tricky this line of thinking....but very interesting as well.
I agree and since you watched it you know she agrees too. She is not bashing neuter at shelters or by owners too irresponsible to care for their pet. But you are right, people are irresponsible and they don't know they are.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 11:53 AM
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We are on the same page LB.

The %age of error free homes would be very low and this would fill up shelters.

She and I have different faiths in the ability of average people.

I think the 'average' pet owner is not capable of sequestering their male dog from getting loose and humping another person's dog for the duration of that dog's life. Dogs are tricky, people are busy, and frankly the consequence of it happening is not scary. Attach a 1000.00 fine to it and maybe it might change. But not in this environment.

In a similar way I don't think the 'average' pet owner can keep their own intact female dog away from males for the life of their dog.

Given my lack of faith in average pet owners, I personally will continue to advise anyone that asks to spay and neuter.

(In addition I'm also not sure of the strength of this vet's argument - have to do more research - Her conclusion is not the norm at this point. It's just an opinion)
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