==> Dog Spaying/Neutering - a controversial topic!
See here a discussion of the key points based on facts, not opinions
Here we will bring all the details whether and when, and how and where to alter your dog. But let's start with some interesting statistics:
- So far 94% of subscribers who entered their dog data (see 'update subscription preferences' below every email) - thank you again! - have a GSD (or even two), while 6% don't yet have a GSD
- Of all those who have a GSD, 10% secured their German Shepherd when the dog was already altered
- This means that 90% of GSD owners were confronted with the often difficult decision whether to have spayed their female German Shepherd or to have neutered their male German Shepherd (broadly called altering a dog)
- This decision is difficult in case your dog is still young. But the older the dog, the more unlikely becomes its alteration anyway, see below
- 35% of subscribers who entered the dog birth date have a GSD that's older than 2 years.
- Of these GSDs, 23% are not altered, 16% were received altered, and for the vast majority of adult GSDs our subscribers had at some point decided to alter their dog
- For many others of you this decision is still pending, because you got a GSD puppy that is not yet altered
This MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL will do both: Help you decide, and reassure you of the decision you have already taken.
Subsequently, we first discuss the most prominent dog altering myths. Then we briefly summarize the insight gained from the myths in key points of altering. Since some points may depend on when you have your dog altered, we will address the right timing as well. Finally, we close with the topics how/where to have spaying/neutering done, the cost involved, and available help.
Most Prominent Dog Altering Myths
- Early spaying/neutering would lead to certain cancers or joint problems
- Altering a puppy 'cannot be good'
- Altering would be 'against nature, unethical'
- Dogs would get lazy
- Depriving a female dog of the joy of pregnancy would be 'unfair'
- Neutering would disqualify a GSD showdog
At the top I started out with "Dog Spaying/Neutering - a controversial topic!". The prime reason why dog altering is so controversial is the first point above. More precisely, the reason for controversy is the habit of the "internet generation" to copy wildly and think rarely.
If "bloggers" and blogging "veterinarians" chose thinking over copying then we wouldn't have to sift through so much nonsense that clogs the internet like 5 simultaneous GSD poops clog a toilet.
Hence why we have to address the most prominent myth first:
1. Development of cancers and other disorders?
This is the most widespread myth on the internet, because frankly the internet has given anyone the opportunity to post anything, and as a matter of fact most people
- have insufficient education
- no interest to learn more
- and prefer the ease of copying over the effort of research.
And so, when just one person posts nonsense it is being proliferated across the internet by the thousands within a mere days! Without that any of those bloggers put in the effort to first analyze what they plan to write about. This includes almost every breeder, and every blogging allopathic veterinarian
Few people who see something that calls itself a "study" have the ability and time and interest... to actually LOOK UP the study, STUDY it, and EVALUATE its source, purpose, structure, base population, etc.
Perfect example: I actually recorded during this vet visit here what the (prominent) veterinarian admitted to me face to face. Mark that he is prominent for being against early altering "for risk of cancer and joint problems":
- He: "Don't alter the dog early, he may get cancer or joint problems later"
- I: "Says who?"
- He: "I actually published last week another paper that makes the risks clear"
- I: "Is it this one?"
- He: "Yes, oh you've got it already?"
- I: "The two studies that you refer to there in your paper, have you actually reviewed them?"
- He: "I've read the abstract, no time to read the whole thing"
- I: "Wait a sec, you quote those studies to corroborate your view on pediatric altering, you surely must have reviewed and evaluated them"
- He: "No, no, there's no time to review everything, you know that. I have my practice here, and I have so much to do"
- I: [quietly looking at him]
- He: "These articles bring me so many new clients... you know that? I publish one of them, get it printed through news outlets, and within a week I have a dozen and more new clients. It's great!"
- I: "Who, of course, will pay you more for late altering because the fee is subject to dog weight: An adult dog is heavier than a puppy."
- He: "Exactly. But that's not the point for me, the point is the steady stream of new clients."
To make it short, most of these claims (development of cancers and of joint problems) are blind(!) copies of a single what's called uncontrolled 'study' where the authors erroneously concluded that the cancer that certain dogs developed later in life was caused by their earlier altering.
Fact however is that:
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