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Does neutering have any negative effect on the health of a dog?

After asking Can a dog contract a sexually transmitted infection?, I want to advise my friend to neuter his dog and I want to do the same with my own dog. I want to ensure my dog is still safe, so I ...
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What is the optimal age to neuter a male dog?

It seems de-sexing a male dog will assist in preventing undesirable behaviors that can surface with an entire male dog; for example aggression, roaming, cocking the leg to urinate. Is this true? If ...
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Why are cats released as part of “spay and release” programs?

There is a feral cat in my neighborhood, It will not come near anyone, but will eat food if placed out for it. Someone mentioned a program called "Spay and Release". It seems like the idea is to ...
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How does a cat's personality change by having kittens?

I'm pretty sure that having kittens (and nursing them, etc) changes a female cat both physically and mentally. Exactly how it changes the cat is not quite clear to me. To me a female cat that has had ...
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Why do neutered dogs still show sexual signs?

My dogs are both neutered - however they both still hump people, objects, and even each other. Sometimes they even get aroused. Is this a sign of dominance? Or is it a sexual thing?
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Whether and how to minimise physical activity of female dog immediately following desexing operation?

For the initial days following a de-sexing operation, vets often instruct an owner to try to minimize a female dog's physical activity. There might be, for example, 10 days between the operation and ...
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Determining if a Female Cat Was Spayed

Is there an easy (external) way to tell if a female cat has been spayed? A neighbor is considering adopting an abandoned stray and I'm trying to help them determine if the cat has already been spayed.
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How does early desexing affect my cats?

There's a lot of information online debating the optimal age to de-sex a cat. We adopted two 16-week-old kittens, a brother and sister, from a shelter. They were already desexed. I am wondering ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of using Zeuterin or a product like it for neutering a dog?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of using Zeuterin or a product like it for neutering a dog? Zeutrin is a product that chemically castrates a male dog via an injection directly to the center of the ...
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What are alternatives to prevention other than spaying or neutering?

After viewing answers to "Does neutering have any negative effect on the health of a dog?" and "Can a dog contract a sexually transmitted infection?", I am curious to know if there is a trusted way to ...
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Do cats grow larger if they are not neutered?

Some people suggest that a male cat grows larger if he is not castrated until the age of one year. Is that true? I'm hoping that maybe some studies have been undertaken on the subject to either prove ...
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Do I need to remove the stitches of my adopted spayed cat?

I've just adopted a 6-month old female spayed cat and she has stitches on her belly. The previous owner did not mention anything about having to remove the stitches but they don't look like they're ...
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Is it healthier for a cat to breed before being spayed or neutered?

I am debating when to neuter my male cat and I wonder if waiting until after he's mated with my female cat would be best for both of them. I found this study that suggests that because the hormones ...
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If sterillising dogs and cats deprive them of sex hormones, does that not cause the likelihood of osteoporosis the way it does in humans?

Someone told me that surgically removing these organs negatively affects their hormone profiles, and that people started vascectomising male dogs and cats for this reason, but I don't know if a ...
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What is the benefit of an ovarian-sparing spay?

What is the benefit of an ovarian-sparing spay? It seems like this would be a great way to avoid Pyometra but also keep the benefits of hormones. Ovarian cancer would still be a risk but I don't know ...
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How to tell sex of a rabbit and tell whether it is spayed/neutered?

I found a domesticated rabbit on the side of a bike trail in a park. I've had it 12 hours and contacted local rescue / police in case someone reports it missing. While I take care of it, I have a few ...
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Can an 11 year old dog be castrated?

Five and a half months ago I took home from a dog refuge a cross-bred Britanny Spaniel to be company for our Border Collie (who at the time was 7 months old). So today the Border is one year old and ...
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What are the arguments against neutering a guinea pig?

My cavy is interacting poorly with my rabbits and it seems to primarily be based around hormones. The shelter that I rescued my guinea pig doesn't fix their guinea pigs because they claim they are "...
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What is most appropriate age to neuter/spay a cat?

What is the most appropriate age to neuter or spay a cat? Does gender, way he behaves, time of year, anything else affect it? There is a related question, which I think should be linked, but doesn't ...
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Scholarly article on health effects of spaying a dog

Today I've been told by the vet to consider spaying our almost 3-year-old Jindo dog. We haven't spayed the dog for four reasons: A while back, doing some light research on google (meaning I only read ...
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Do spayed cats still spray?

If I get my indoor female cats spayed, will they no longer spray? Or will they just spray for territorial reasons only?
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Alternatives to neutering a male cat

Our male British Shorthair is a bit over 4 months and reaching the age we should consider neutering him if we want to avoid spraying and other side-effects of him sexually maturing. Still, as a ...
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What can I do when the cone of shame is too heavy?

Our puppy Dachshund had an Ovarihysterectomy performed on Monday (she was spayed). She has a small (approximately 2 inch) sutured scar on her belly. She was given a cone to wear and we were asked to ...
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Why aren't just ovaries removed in cat spaying?

Spaying is technically called an ovariohysterectomy. Why aren't just ovaries, and not also the uterus, removed in spaying a cat?
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How does one determine when a female dog is appropriate to be spayed?

We have What is the optimal age to neuter a male dog? , but nothing about spaying female dogs. I have heard several options about when to spay a female dog; most revolve around the age of 6 months, ...
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Can my newly neutered male cat get his sister pregnant?

I just had my 7 month old male cat neutered 4 days ago but now his sister has gone in heat and he is chasing and mounting her. Since he is only newly fixed can he still get her pregnant? Should I ...
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Side-effects of spaying or neutering a cat?

What are the potential side-effects of spaying or neutering a cat?
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Do non neutered cats shed more hair?

I recently had a discussion with a pet owner and he claimed that non neutered male cats shed more hair due to anxiety. Is it true? I have been feeding him high quality food but within a few days his ...
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How long after neutering will a male cat continue to mark/spray territory?

I've taken in a stray cat who is an intact male. I'm estimating his age at less than 2 years, but I don't have experience with young cats. He is at the vet today and will hopefully be neutered (it ...
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Will our middening kitten get better at using the tray after spaying?

Our kitten caught us out by coming on heat before we had a chance to spay her. We are awaiting for her to come out of heat to get her spayed. In the meantime she is defecating anywhere but the cat ...
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What are the health risk difference between elastration & surgical neuter?

Elastration is the banding of the testicles restricting blood flow and resulting in removal of the testicles. This method is commonalty used on farm animals, sheep and goats in particular. Special ...
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How do I tell if my female dog's neuter incision is healing properly?

I had my female dog neutered a couple of days ago. Since the first day, the skin on her belly has been looking red, I though that it was because of irritation. It has started to become more red and ...
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Buying new rabbits, unsure if they need neutering

So I'm going to be getting two new male rabbits (from young ages) and was wondering if it is best to neuter? I don't want them fighting and then having to separate them. Although I had an un-neutered ...
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Impossible to catch female feral cat to have stitches removed after sterilisation

A feral cat and her babies recently took up residence in our garden. We managed to trap the mum and took her to the vet to be sterilised. The kittens have now gone to a re-homing association. ...
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How much time have to pass until a cat can be pregnant again after giving birth?

I have a 1 year old cat and she gave birth to four kittens five weeks ago, so she is still breastfeeding them. My question would be: is it possible that she is pregnant again (she can go out any time)?...
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Should I get my baby cottontail rabbit who is extremely domesticated neutered?

I know it is very risky to get a rabbit neutered. My baby is wild but acts very domesticated. He has his own bedroom and it is right next to my bedroom. He gets loads of attention and lots of ...
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Will a neutered cat continue to mount a female in heat?

Is the mounting behavior solely hormonal, or will her scent be enough to drive him to it? Would getting a cat neutered have any effect on the behavior?
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How do I stop 2 stray cats that fight

I have adopted 1 stray cat that fights with another stray cat. I would like to adopt the other stray cat, would that be possible? the cats are both toms and have not been neutered. Is there any ...
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How soon after giving birth can a cat be spayed?

The cat is pregnant and we want to get her spayed, we don't want her to accidentally get pregnant again nor do we want to put her or the kittens at risk. How long do we need to wait? If she is still ...
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Nervous about my male cats neutering procedure

I'm hoping to get an appointment to get my one year old boy done this week... as he has started targeting his little 2 month old sisters that live in the same apartment block... Not nice. I'm ...
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My kitten was desexed young? [duplicate]

I got my 10 week old kitten yesterday and he was desexed 3 days before that. That seems too young. Wondering what effects this could have on his hormones, personality and development?
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Male + female: who to neuter, who to spay

I have an unfixed male dog 4 years old, and we recently acquired a female puppy. We don't want them to have puppies. My question is if I need to fix both of them, or if I can get away with fixing one ...
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Spaying my female dog and feeling guilty

I have my Indian female dog "Hazel" which I treat like my own daughter (though I am a bachelor). I was reluctant to get her spayed as I felt like keeping her intact will be good. But I need to go to ...
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Is it okay to neuter my cat although he had been exposed to FIP cat?

I have two male cats, both are stray which decided to live in my house this past year. one cat is less than a year, 10 months perhaps, and other is probably older than 2 years, both are not neutered ...
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How dangerous is for a female cat to never be spayed?

My female cat is about 3 years old. I have been advised to desex it for the sake of its own health (cancer and infections of the urinal tract). How significant would be the health benefits to it?
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Should I be concerned about my recently-spayed cat's fall?

My cat was spayed a week ago and we were directed to keep her away from other pets and reduce her activity for 2 weeks. She has done everything she can to continue playing with our new kitten, but I'...
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Wanting to breed my rabbit once and then get them fixed, but is it possibly to then later slowly intergrate them all back together?

I have 2 female and 2 male rabbits and I want to breed them. The thing is, I only want to breed them one time and then get them all fixed, but I'm scared that if I wait and breed them afterwards, I ...
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How's much supervision will my two male cats need after neutering?

I've recently realised that I need to rearrange my two male cats neutering. The best time would be during some holiday I already have booked off from work, but shortly after that (1-2 days) my wife ...
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How can I get my unsocialized cat into the carrier to be spayed?

12 weeks ago I bought a British short hair cat. I saw her in a cattery at breeders cattery at bottom of garden, well l think I did but the cat she was cuddling and kissing was a lot bigger. When i ...
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How long to keep neutered dog from jumping?

I have a small toy poodle that just got neutered yesterday. She's already fully awake and acting mostly normal, just a bit slower. At first she wasn't moving much so I took the cone off, and she ...