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Dr. Becker: The Truth About Spaying and Neutering

It's interesting how all the IRRESPONSIBLE dog owners in the USA have led to the medical issues in our dogs from doing the 'normal' spay/neuters we've been told about for years. Be nice if vet schools would change their de-sexing procedures/instruction but that will only come from us (I guess?).


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http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/... Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, discusses all about neutering or spaying in pets.




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I was fortunate that my dog trainer keeps up to date on the latest information/studies and educated me on the pluses of keeping a dog intact. My vet however was not as open minded and that seems to be the repeated complaint I hear from people who actually choose not to desex their dogs. When I approached the subject of sterilization I thought they would evict me from their office...crazy. In the end I wont sterilize due to cost and the difficulty in finding a vet to perform the procedure and my guy will be neutered... but not until after his second birthday and maybe even longer than that.
I agree that its up to the public to encourage practicing vets and veterinary schools to explore these alternatives.

On the other hand, if an owner feels they cant keep their dog from reproducing then by all means.. spay/neuter or sterilize because the world certainly does not need more unplanned litters.
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Ted Kerasote has been making the rounds, sharing this opinion too. His book Pukka's Promise contains information on the desexing option. I hope the trend changes with the vet schools.

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Thanks for this post. I've been struggling with whether to get Franklin fixed. We are due for a vet visit and I'm sure this subject will come up soon.
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People should show this to their vets.


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Hopefully as more young vets become more knowledgable of information like this, spaying and neutering won't be pushed so much. I know that when I finally graduate and become a vet I am not gonna be one to push it, and am actually gonna try to inform my patients of the pros and cons..

On a different note, I am very glad my vet has not said a single word about Berlin being intact and my choice to not neuter.


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The vet schools are not teaching the de-sexing procedures so very few vets even consider the option. Until the schools are on board and teaching the vas/tubal ligations, there will just be spay/neuters available.

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People should show this to their vets.
My vet has a fb page, I shared it there.

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Mr. D: here are 2 articles on early spay/neuter that might help give you some ammunition for the vet visit!

Early Spay-Neuter Considerations For The Canine Athlete One Veterinarian's Opinion By Chris Zink DVM,PhD, DACVP: http://www.caninesports.com/uploads/...tions_2013.pdf


Neuter Medical Facts by Barbara Andrews: SPAY & NEUTER MEDICAL FACTS, HEALTH RISKS


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