As a vet student, you’re probably familiar with the discussion surrounding spay/neuter timing in canine patients. Every time a study is published, this issue seems to once again become a “hot topic.” A new study was released earlier this year, so it’s time for an update.
The veterinary profession has historically recommended early spay/neuter, in order to prevent accidental matings and behavior issues that can arise in intact pets. In recent years, however, an increasing amount of attention has been given to potential medical risks that may accompany early spay/neuter.
Researchers are still working to understand the exact risks and benefits of early spay/neuter, in order to allow veterinarians to make the best possible recommendations for their patients.