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Do You Really Need to Spay or Neuter Your Dog?

October 14, 2019
(AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)
Some dog owners are starting to wonder if spaying or neutering their pets is really necessary, according to The Washington Post. On one hand, fixed dogs tend to live longer and never have to deal with ovarian or testicular cancers. According to some evidence, they also have a lower risk of urinary tract infections. However, spaying or neutering very young puppies could be linked to higher instances of joint and muscle problems. A growing number of vets are now offering vasectomies and hysterectomies, procedures which prevent reproduction but don't disrupt hormones the way spaying and neutering do.