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Spay/Neuter Timing: A Recap of the Debate for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on Oct 26, 2020 12:18:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Spay / Neuter

4 Dog Breeding Questions a Vet Should Ask Clients

Posted by Cathy Barnette on Mar 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

As a vet, you are likely to encounter a number of clients who want to breed their dogs. There are a variety of possible motivations behind breeding: financial gain, wanting a puppy similar to their own adult dog, the desire to provide an educational experience for their children, and many others.

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Topics: Spay / Neuter, Client Situations, Veterinary Clients, Client Communications, Breeding

What is the Best Age to Spay or Neuter Canine Patients?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on Mar 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM
Spay/neuter timing is a controversial topic… and one that you will encounter on a regular basis in small animal practice. While pets have traditionally been spayed or neutered at 4-6 months of age, recent studies have led both the veterinary community and the general public to question that wisdom.
It is important for you to understand the issues involved in the spay/neuter timing debate, so that you can educate your clients and help them provide the best possible care for their pets. 
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Topics: Spay / Neuter

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