Ruining Your Dog’s Life By Making One Bad Decision
Very little research has been done until recently on the long-term effects of neutering our dogs, especially when they are immature. Fortunately, peer recognised research and concerns are now being raised by leading veterinary experts all across the World. The problem is the veterinary profession appear not to be acting on this knowledge. Our dogs will continue to suffer until they do.
Dogs and Humans: Human health care and its advances can be in part credited to the fact that we use dogs in medical research.
Whether I agree with this practice is not really relevant to this discussion,
This article covers the effect on a dog’s endocrine system, other effects are also apparent and can be sourced in my other articles on this subject.
What is factually correct is that many vital breakthroughs in modern medicines can be directly attributable to the similarity of the biological and physiological makeup of both humans and canines.
Given that fact, then why are we actively participating and promoting a procedure that would be illegal and immoral if it were performed on humans in most parts of the World?
Unless there was a serious medical requirement we would never arbitrarily neuter humans.We would never spay this child, but think nothing of the neutering the pups in this picture.
Yet the RSPCA and some breeders of Australian Labradoodles are spaying and castrating litters of pups at six weeks of age.
Petition: At the bottom of this page, I have created a petition and would really appreciate if you could sign and share it so that we can stop this barbaric practice. This procedure is known to be seriously injurious both mentally and physically to humans, therefore, the same can be said about dogs.
I have covered in full elsewhere the other problems neutering causes which include behaviour, aggression, bone and joint disease, plus reduced confidence and anxiety. It is the main reason for many dog on dog aggression, reactivity, and aggression to humans. This is the series of articles (1) Further Reading
Yet we appear to accept and believe it is in our pet’s best interest to automatically spay and castrate. We trust the Veterinary profession. In this case, I believe this trust is misplaced
These operations are performed daily without any peer-reviewed scientific research proving that it is in the dog’s best interests. Why don’t we contrast the same procedure that is performed on humans given the known similarities between dogs and human diseases?
The dog offers a natural model for human conditions and diseases. We can, therefore, see the mistakes we made with humans from eunuchs to ovariohysterectomy (OHE).
Sterilisation of Humans: This is routinely performed on humans, yet this sterilisation, except for medical emergencies such as ovarian or testicular cancer, does not include removing three vital hormones that are required to reach both physical and mental maturity.
I believe along with many other experts including professors in veterinary medicine, that neutering is one of the main reasons our dogs are dying 11% earlier than they were 10 years ago. See (2) Kennel Club Research Longevity.
It seems clear neutering not only shortens the lives of our dogs but reduces their ability to enjoy their lives in health and happiness. A review of the most current research with respect to human and canine ageing and longevity confirms the legitimacy of comparing dogs and humans and verifies that neutering normally shortens our dogs’ lives. (3) Spaying and Longevity
Once your dog has been spayed or castrated, for the rest of your dog’s life, their endocrine systems will struggle to create some type of hormonal balance. Failure to maintain hormonal balance can lead to catastrophic outcomes.
When we spay and castrate our dog we remove or reduce three critical hormones, Oestrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone. These are commonly known as Sex Hormones.
Oestrogen: An extremely powerful female sex hormone that regulates many aspects of our life.
This hormone plays a vital role regarding mental and physical health.
There are oestrogen receptors in bones, brain, blood vessels, and the central nervous system. It affects so many different parts of the body and is also vitally important to mood and well-being. It also keeps bones strong and healthy.
Progesterone: Is one of the female sex hormones also produced by the ovaries, also in the adrenal glands in male dogs. It aids immunity and can reduce inflammation and swelling; it also helps regulate the thyroid gland and keeps blood-clotting levels at normal value. It has also been linked to forming social bonds in humans and animals.
Testosterone: This is seen predominately as a male hormone. However, females produce small amounts of it in their ovaries. A link between diabetes and low testosterone is well established, as is the onset of obesity and poor muscle tone leading to apathetic behaviour.
Recent scientific evidence points towards the fact that the removal of the sex hormones affects the whole endocrine system, it effectively puts it out of balance. (4) Endocrine System in Dogs. The endocrine system is also known as the glandular system.
Of the numerous organs in the endocrine system, three stand out when it comes to maintaining hormonal and metabolic health.
The big three are the Thyroid, the Adrenals and the Sex Glands (ovaries and testes).
Similar to the sound an orchestra creates when every instrument is played correctly.
These glands work in similar harmony to keep the body systems in balance and running smoothly.
Think of a three-legged stool and cut one leg off. That stool then ceases to work as a stool and collapses.
Similar things happen with the body, but instead of wood, it is an intricate object made of flesh, blood and bone.
The other organs try and compensate for the lost hormones and in particular the Thyroid, and the Adrenals.
This is why far more neutered dogs get Cushing’s and Thyroid disease than non-neutered animals.
Other parts of the body are also affected these include skeleton, joints, muscle tone and general overall health.
The Female Menopause: Insomnia, mood swings, fatigue, depression, irritability. palpitations, headaches, joint and muscle aches and pains, vaginal dryness, and bladder control problems.
After the Menopause: Women are more likely to have Osteoporosis, heart disease, poorly working bladder and bowel, a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease, poor skin elasticity, (increased wrinkling) poor muscle power and tone, some weakening in vision, such as from cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye) and macular degeneration.
And yet we do this to adolescent dogs? As mentioned earlier some breeders and rescue centres are neutering at six weeks of age.Battersea Dogs Home, The Blue Cross, Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club state that it is far too early and is detrimental to any dogs health and well-being.
This is what we currently perform on dogs and are constantly told it is to stop the overpopulation of dogs in the UK
Ovariohysterectomy: (OHE) or spay is the complete removal of the female reproductive tract. The two ovaries, oviducts, uterine horns, and the uterus are removed.
Castration: The operation involves removal of both testicles. They are removed by cutting through the skin in front of the scrotum, and through various layers which cover the testicle. The very large blood vessels and the spermatic cord have to be tied carefully before cutting, allowing removal of the testicle.
Knowing now what we know about spay and castrate and that many dogs both male and female suffer for the rest of their lives because of this procedure and their lives may be seriously foreshortened. Yet There Is An Alternative.
Alternative. Female Dogs: Tubal Ligation: Whether in veterinary or human medicine, only affects the oviducts. These are isolated during surgery and then cut and tied off with suture material. This prevents the ova from coming in contact with sperm cells or passing into the horns of the uterus. The dogs will still have seasonal bleeds but will be unable to fall pregnant.
Hysterectomy: The uterus is removed, but the ovaries remain. Seasonal bleeding does not occur. With either procedure, the hormones that are normally produced by the ovaries continue to be released to the rest of the body.
Alternative. Male Dogs: Vasectomy: The scrotum is cut open and the two vas deferens tubes are cut. The two ends of the vas deferens are tied, stitched, or sealed. Electrocautery may be used to seal the ends with heat. Scar tissue from the surgery helps block the tubes.
Both these operations are far less invasive and are also far less stressful and dangerous. They leave the dogs hormones intact and allow the dogs in question to live a happy and hopefully healthy life. There is one problem? Our veterinary profession are not geared up to do this procedure, it is not taught in Vet school nor can I see any change to that stance in the foreseeable future.
the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has been doing routine paediatric sterilisations since the 1970’s. Hopefully, as the demand for surgeons skilled in the procedure of tubal ligation and vasectomy sterilisation increases, Veterinary Colleges will make paediatric sterilization a required component of their training. Eventually tubal ligation, hysterectomy and vasectomy might be the norm, rather than the exception.
I am going to try and create a list of vets that are prepared to offer these alternatives and I will post them on my website that currently gets over 2 million page views per year. So please any Vet or anyone that knows a Vet that offers alternative sterilisation