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Updated from 2008 post, link added for formal paper summarizing study with footnotes, bibliography (see link below)
A review of over 50-117 studies involving the altering of canines shows that there are major detrimental effects shown involving spaying-neutering–but these are NEVER mentioned by the extremists–instead, they only mention some of the risk reductions such as reducing uterine infections or uterine tumors.
Major risks of altering a canine include the following:
Decreases life span
Increases risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer)
Increases risk of obesity
Increases risk of bladder cancer
Increases risk of prostatic cancer
Increases risk of splenic haemangiosarcoma in spayed bitches
Increases risk of cardiac haemangiosarcoma
Increases risk of urinary incontinence (bitches/dogs)
Increases risk of cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of bile ducts in spayed bitches
Increases risk of patellar luxation in small+medium sized dogs
Increases risk of adverse vaccine reactions
Increases risk of myasthenia gravis in spayed bitches
Increases risk of aggression, fearfulness
Increases cognitive impairment in aged dogs already showing signs of disease
Increases risk of peri-vulvar dermatitis, vaginities, cystitis, and recurrent urinary tract infections in early age spayed bitches.
Increases risk of benign perianal tumors in spayed bitches
Increases risk of cranial cruciate ligament injury
Longevity, cancer and obesity: Healthwise, Canine Companions for Independence (provide trained assistance dogs) found that early age neutered dogs had increased incidence of osteosarcoma, haemangiosarcoma, and obesity .
Not early age neutering specifically, but related to neutering at a young age and resultant increased height and/or weight; in Golden retrievers, “Both bitches and dogs neutered at < 1 year of age were significantly taller as adults than those neutered at > or = 1 year of age or intact animals.” Further, “Among bitches and dogs, the taller the animal as an adult, the shorter the lifespan.”.
Now when the extremists keep telling us that ALL dogs need to be altered (whether by MSN, to allegedly “save” the shelter dogs) or just to do whatever the radicals TELL US they are doing—WHY should any of us believe anything they say? They are not doctors, vets, or even experts on animals. They know little and nothing.
As I have outlined for years, the extremists among us have no real desire to actually save or keep animals as pets. They don’t even believe in pet ownership (ONLY guardianship) Just look at the following quoted verbiage from an AR, below pic………………………………..
“It doesn’t take any kind of grey matter to let two animals mate and result in more unwanted babies to make $$$ off of…”
That was a response received, when it was pointed out that the majority of dogs in shelters are NOT from breeders of dogs, but rather from owners of dogs of medium-large breeds which engaged in unplanned ties, not breeding purposely done as a livelihood or hobby.
”We just won a MSN here (mandatory spay/neuter) – we’ll continue EVERYWHERE until the “male, juvenile mixed breed dogs, or old dogs, handicapped dogs, scared dogs, skittish dogs, unsocial dogs, and maligned breeds etc.” as you so lovingly call them find loving homes from people with a soul and a conscience and have LOVE to give them”
That was the response received when it was pointed out that dogs not readily adoptable (dogs with issues, behavior problems, biters, severe separation anxiety, overly skittish, etc) are pushed onto people, or such dogs are made readily available on forums like Craigslist pets, while they flag off normal dogs that need homes. It was also pointed out that rescued, re-homed/shelter dogs only make up 15-18% of all dogs but are involved in 50%+ of the fatal attacks against people.
“Breeders are greedy snobs and most “bought” dogs I have seen have WAYYYYY more problems than any grateful dog at a shelter. THEY are the sick ones. THEY are the ones with the schitzoid personalities.”
This was the answer received in regard to the mixed male juvenile medium -large breed dogs that often cannot find homes, where such dogs were acquired at little to no cost and then abandoned at ages 1-2.5yr. I never mentioned anything re a schizophrenic personality.
“You are killers. No, we don’t want to see the end of being GUARDIANS (not owners) of pets, just more loving and less focused on the pedigree and conformation… A perfect body doesn’t make a better pet, and you breeders are just money grubbing idiots at the expense of your products.”
I am not a dog breeder but I believe those who want to offer/ sell the public a dog that the public desires—- should be able to do so in a free enterprise system. I am not talking about illegal dogs, I am talking about ordinary purebred dogs, or mixed small breed dogs, or just common house dogs. Apparently extremists disagree and believe the free enterprise system does not include dog breeders.
“ We will NEVER back down, rest assured. We are growing in numbers while you lose more and more of your rights to kill. You kill dogs, that is what you do.
And there you have it.
Animal extremists with the brains. NOT.