Source: Today’s Veterinary Business

A scientific analysis of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study has suggested a potential link between spaying and canine hemangiosarcoma, a type of cancer. The study found that hemangiosarcoma was an unlikely diagnosis in dogs under 8 years old, regardless of their neutering status.

However, the risk of hemangiosarcoma increased with age in spayed females. Neutered or intact male dogs had a similar disease risk, and the study recommends further research to explore the association between canine cancer and sterilization. The data from older dogs could provide insights into causative factors and inform research on similar tumors in humans.

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