Source: University of California Davis 

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have updated guidelines on neutering 40 popular dog breeds by breed and sex, adding five breeds to their ongoing study. Initiated in 2013, the research initially indicated early neutering of golden retrievers increased risks of joint diseases and certain cancers. Professors Lynette and Benjamin Hart led the latest study, examining over a decade of data from thousands of dogs treated at UC Davis.

The study focuses on the risks associated with neutering or spaying dogs before one year of age, including cancers and joint disorders. Findings showed breed-specific health risks, such as elevated joint disorders and cancers in male and female pointer breeds, increased cranial cruciate ligament tears and lymphoma in male mastiffs, heightened joint disorder risks in female Newfoundlands, and increased mast cell tumor risks in female Ridgebacks. Siberian huskies showed no significant effects. The guidelines emphasize personalized decisions based on breed, sex, and context. The updated guidelines are available in a table format, reflecting findings for all studied breeds. The Harts’ research will be published as a free e-book in Frontiers of Veterinary Science.

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