IW Foundation Health Library:
There are some situations that require spay/neuter, such as an undescended testicle in a dog. But for most owners, the choice of whether to spay/neuter their hound and when to do it is an open question. Studies increasingly have found correlations between early spay/neuter and cancer/joint problems, and IWs are already prone to these as a breed, so people are hesitating to routinely spay/neuter puppies. There is added concern if the procedure is done prior to the growth plates closing, at about 18 months. Do some research, consult with your breeder and veterinarian, and decide what will work for your hound and your family.
- Early Spay/Neuter Considerations
- Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay / Neuter in Dogs
- Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers
- Rottweiler study links ovaries with exceptional longevity
- Study Shines Spotlight on Neutering
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