According to research from Animal Wellness Magazine, spay and neuter procedures are often done too early in life, and may cause health issues later on.
Pet overpopulation is definitely an issue in the United States, but are we spaying and neutering too soon?
“Conventional veterinary wisdom recommends that dogs be spayed or neutered between six and nine months of age, and preferably before the first estrus cycle in females. But this recommendation is based less on scientific fact and more on practicalities; younger puppies can be riskier candidates for anesthesia, though current drugs and methods are safer than they used to be. In other words, there is no scientific evidence for spaying or neutering at an early age.
Opponents of early spay/neuter (especially younger than five-and- a-half months) contend that a variety of orthopedic and other issues can result from these procedures. Deprivation of sexual hormones and development through puberty may create long-lasting physical and psychological harm.”
There are also some side effects that can become very problematic:
- Higher risk of certain types of cancer
- Orthopedic issues
- Urinary issues
Of course there are also benefits:
- Reduce behavioral problems
- Prevent some cancers
- Additional benefits