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Spay/Neuter Recommendations

Next month I’ll be speaking to veterinarians at the North American Veterinary Conference about, “Current Spay/Neuter Research: Tips for Counseling Your Clients.” I love this topic for a couple of reasons. Based on results of some relatively recent… Read More

Ovary-Sparing Spay Surgery (OSS)

My last blog focused on the boys, specifically canine vasectomy, a surgical technique for sterilizing male dogs without removal of their reproductive organs (testicles). Now, it’s time to talk about the girls! The corollary surgery in female dogs… Read More

German Shepherd Dogs: The Impacts of Early Neutering

Generations of veterinarians in the United States have been taught to recommend neutering for dogs between four to six months of age, and certainly before their first birthday. Relatively recent research has revealed compelling negative implications of such… Read More

Were You Smarter Than a Vet Student About Neutering Dogs?

Thanks to everyone who took this quiz. There were oodles of you! Congrats to Dale Manley from Moline, Illinois who won himself a book. He asked me if he was selected because he had so many correct answers…. Read More

Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student About Neutering Dogs?

Some new information about the effects of neutering dogs has emerged over the last decade or so. Let’s find out if your knowledge is up to date. I suspect we will all learn something along the way. If… Read More

New Research That Raises Questions About Current Neutering Recommendations

Results from a hot-off-the-press study published by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, raise questions about traditional neutering recommendations within the United States where most veterinarians advise that dogs be neutered at a young age in… Read More

Questioning Traditional Neutering Recommendations for Dogs

Until a few years ago, I’d always nodded in agreement with the recommendation to neuter dogs (particularly females) not intended for breeding purposes between six months and one year of age. Spaying and castrating within this age window… Read More

A Nonsurgical Way to Neuter Male Dogs

There is some exciting news on the battlefront against pet overpopulation. A medication is hitting the U.S. market that is used to neuter male dogs without the need for anesthesia or surgery. Used for the past few years… Read More

A Different Way to Spay

This blog presents an idea that will be new for many of you and may be new for your veterinarians as well.  I thought presenting a novel idea would be a great way to kick of the new year! … Read More

Zeuterin: Chemical Sterilization of Male Dogs

  I first wrote about Zeuterin, a product used to chemically sterilize male dogs, a couple of years ago. At the time, Zeuterin was still undergoing studies for FDA approval. Ark Sciences, the manufacturer of Zeuterin, received that… Read More