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New Study from UC Davis on Neutering/Spaying
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New York, NY
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16 October 2013 - 10:03 pm
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I know this topic has come up before, so I just wanted to share this article on a study UC Davis just released:



Jill is a 9-year-old tuxedo kitty. She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in June 2012 on her toe in her right hind leg. Her leg was amputated on 12/12/12 and she completed four rounds of chemo (2 of Carbo, 2 of Doxy) in April 2013. "Like" Jill's facebook page: https://www.fac.....tty?ref=hl Proud member of the WINTER WARRIORS!!!! Her blog can be read at xoxo


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16 October 2013 - 10:36 pm
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Interesting Erica. I sure didn't realize the SPCA was promoting the procedures at gwo mnths!!

From this study,it sure seems to me you can draw a correlation between the spay/neuter and the diseases mentined. And then the Catch 22---it PREVENTS certain disease!! Yet another crap shoot!

Thnks formthe post!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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17 October 2013 - 7:21 am
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I think it just further reinforces the fact that the decision on when to alter really needs to be on an individual basis.

While I personally would not alter ANY of my own animals at 8 weeks (although some of ours were from shelters that had the procedure done that early--IOW, before we ever even got them)...I can see the shelter perspective on pediatric S/N. Doing it preemptively ends the possibility of an irresponsible owner A) having them make more animals and B) returning the animal (or worse) b/c of problem behaviors associated with an intact animal that they can't/won't work to correct.

But aside from that case...I'm a fan of waiting until 6 months, at least. After that, again, I think it's case by case basis, and breed and dog dependent. I know for our next puppy, my GOAL is 12-18 months, purely for the health reasons. In large/giant breed dogs like the akita (and male ones in particular...the issues get murkier when you bring females into the question--how hard is an empty heat on them, but early alter can INCREASE the aggression, etc.), all signs point to it being the "safer gamble" (b/c really, what it is is a risk analysis and a decision based on that). But that's a goal, and it doesn't mean things might not change our decision to more of the 8-12 month window.'s an interesting discussion.


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20 October 2013 - 8:12 am
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Thanks, Erica!  Jackson was neutered at 7 weeks!  YIKES!  We didn't have a choice - he was a pound puppy and in order to get him, he had to be fixed.  Now he's got OSA.  A connection?  Quite possibly and we know that's a real connection with Rotties (for which he's not, but still...).  I know that when we get our next puppy this will be an intense discussion.  If we can do anything to prevent cancer from entering our lives, YES we'll examine this issue deeply.

~ Katy & Jackson

ACL tear in right hind leg 12/5/12 and scheduled ACL repair surgery 12/21/12. Pre-op xrays revealed osteosarcoma. Amputation 12/28/12.  Chemo (carboplatin) started Jan 10, 2013 and ended on April 5, for a total of 5 doses. He handled carbo like a champ!  No side effects.  We started metronomic therapy at his third chemo and have been also doing some holistic treatments.  He's a lively, playful 10 year old huskie-boarder collie and a very proud member of the Winter Warriors!  Our love. Our funny little guy!

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20 October 2013 - 2:03 pm
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Well, Sassy wasn't spayed until 2.  We thought about breeding her ( I really didn't want too) but when we had her hips xrayed for hip displaysia & only her right one came back with it and AKC wouldn't certify the hips I had her fixed.  But like I said she was 2.  She still got Osteoscaroma.  I am planning on waiting with Snickers & Jasmine to give the greatest chances of not getting it.  But like Sally said this is a crap shoot once again.




Michelle & Angel Sassy


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05/04/2006 -  Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19  fought cancer for 4 months.

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