WVC 91st Annual Conference
Recent veterinary literature related to spay neuter has caused veterinarians to question the traditional approaches to sterilization of dogs and cats. Some in the profession advocate delaying spay neuter later than the traditional age of 6 months, others advocate early age or pediatric spay neuter. Who is correct? Is there a single recommendation that can be made for all dogs and cats related to the age of ovariohysterectomy or castration? We will discuss several of the articles that have contributed to the confusion. The goal is to analyze confusing and often conflicting reports in the veterinary literature to help veterinarians understand the pros and cons of spay/neuter and the most appropriate age to perform these surgeries in male and female dogs and cats. Part 1 or 2.