The newest controversy in dog health: to fix or not to fix?

Recent research shows that having your pup fixed might not be the healthiest option anymore

Ever since the 70’s when Bob Barker started reminding us to spay or neuter our pets, it’s been the norm to have them sterilized. But now, according to new research, having your dog fixed could be linked to things such as cancer and joint disorders. While some of the health problems are more prevalent in specific breeds  and bigger dogs, it all ultimately links back to having your pet fixed. 



What sort of problems could you potentially face by fixing your dog?

By having your dog fixed, you may be putting them at risk for orthopedic issues, like hip dysplasia (which is similar to joint pain or arthritis in humans.) It could also cause male dogs to have urinary incontinence as they get older, because the bladder wasn’t fully developed before the surgery took place, and bladder muscles weaken with age. 

Are there still pros to having your dogs fixed?

Yes! It obviously makes it easier to prevent unwanted litters of puppies, and some believe that fixing your dog may help with behavioral problems. It also makes it less challenging when trying to find a doggy daycare that will take your pooch (which isn’t a problem when trying to book with Pampered Pups, in case you’re curious!) 

Are there any better alternatives?

As of right now, there aren’t very many alternatives. Like in humans, dogs can have vasectomies or hysterectomies. This would make reproduction impossible but still allow the body to make needed hormones. However,  it may be difficult to find a veterinarian that will perform the operation.

The bottom line

Not all dogs are the same. It may be the healthiest option to fix some, but not to fix others. It’s very crucial that you make this decision with your veterinarian. They’re the only people that can judge whether or not your dog has the right muscle mass and if their bones have grown enough, amongst other things. It’s important that your dog is as healthy as it can be, and that you’re taking responsibility for that. 

 

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