Benefits & Risks of Neutering–What does the science say?

Many pet owners have questions about neutering their pet dogs and cats, and while there is much useful information available on the Internet, there is also much misinformation. I have composed a literature review looking at the benefits and risks of spaying and neutering. It is too large to post directly here, so I have uploaded it as a .pdf file on I hope also to soon have a simplified, tabular version for those disinclined to wade through the detailed consideration of all the pros and cons.

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3 Responses to Benefits & Risks of Neutering–What does the science say?

  1. Ceridwen says:

    Very well written. I’ve read a lot of stuff (some well-supported or at least well-intentioned, some not so much) about this issue recently and it’s good to see all the information presented clearly and in one place.

    A slightly nitpicky comment (only because it could confuse the meaning):
    In 5) Prostate Diseases, the last sentence reads “Both BPH and prostatitis are rare in INTACT dogs and both are effectively prevented and treated by castration.” I believe it should say neutered dogs, in keeping with the evidence presented in the rest of the paragraph.

  2. skeptvet says:

    Thanks for the comment, and good catch on the typo! I’m constantly editing and updating the document, so I’ll incorporate the fix in the next version.

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