"In the last 4-5 years, parvovirus in the US has
been the biggest problem for kennels, even in vaccinated dogs."
"She was a seven-month-old, gorgeous, taupe-colored
devil in dogs clothing. But I loved her."
"The diet of our companion animals is deplorable. So
many dogs and cats eat out of bags full of poor ingredients, rancid fats and
Command; he thee obeys most readily.
If so thou wilt, a collar he will wear;
"The more confidence you have in your dog, the more he
will believe in you."
"The housebound dog leads a stressed existence. It
cannot express its natural behaviors: stalking, chasing, exploring,
CANINE HEALTH: Early Neutering ??
"Castration weakens all dogs to some degree." So says Leon F. Whitney, D.V.M. He goes on to explain: "Castration, whether of dogs or bitches, produces marked changes over the normal. The earlier the operation is performed, the more marked are the changes. It is definitely preferable to wait until the dog is sexually mature before having the operation performed."
We at Courageous Caucasians do not neuter our puppies before sending them off to their new home. Yes, there are advantages to spaying and castration, but we recommend that our puppies at least be physically mature before neutering. In CO's, this can be as long as 1-1/2 to 2 years. In fact, early neutering of a puppy from our kennel may result in voiding our Puppy Health Contract.
Many breeders and show dog owners feel that the hormones exist in our animals for a reason, and that their absence has repercussions. They feel that early neutering does not let the animal mature into what he/she might have otherwise become. In one breeder's opinion, "The dog may grow a nice body, but the head is always small and feminine. Bitches who are spayed early can take on a male shape, and the coat is often courser."
Disadvantages of spaying in females include the menopausal symptoms of discomfort, weight gain/water retention, dandruff, hot spots, looser skin, looking older, incontinence. Most of the dogs with allergies tend to be those who have been altered compared to whole animals.
There are many breeders and rescue operations and also veterinarians that disagree with this point of view, and I get a lot of "flack" from some of them. But ask yourself a few questions such as:
Women who go through menopause (a secession of female hormone estrogen production) are often worried about arthrosclerosis and other bone problems. What about a young puppy. Don't you think he/she needs their hormones to grow and develop properly?
Would you castrate your ten-year-old son?
Would you allow your 8 year-old daughter to have a hysterectomy?
The following excerpt is taken from Little River Labs Web site: (www.littleriverlabs.com ).
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