Cuba and Tycho
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[QUOTE=krandall;775945]That is more commonly done, but there is at least one vet who is pushing to leave at least some sex hormone producing tissue in the dog. The reason for this is a recent study that showed that neutered Golden Retrievers (particularly those neutered before one year, but the rate is higher even for those neutered at a later age) have a HUGE increase in a number of cancers that are much less curable than mammary or testicular cancers. They also have a much higher incidence of CCL ruptures, and the males have a higher incidence of hip dysplasia.
The problem is, the study ONLY looks at Goldens, and only between the ages of, if I remember correctly, 1-8 years. So we don't know for sure whether this holds true for other breeds, or what the numbers would look like with older dogs included. Still, it is some sobering information…"]
What bothers me is that vets so often treat this topic as if it is simple, and it is NOT! That's really interesting about the Goldens; different breeds are certainly prone to different problems, obviously, but seem to get lumped together often, in the advice you get from vets. They look at one piece of evidence, such as the mammary cancer stats, but ignore the rest, such as the damage of removing certain hormones before the dog reaches maturity, or the potential for causing other problems down the line. In the end, it seems to me that there is more intelligent discussion on a forum like this than one can have in the veterinary surgery. If you don't do your own research, alongside others who want the best for their dogs too, you are at the mercy of as vague and anecdotal a response from your vet as from any other individual, but with the added complication of vets thinking they know everything and certainly know better than you do.