Preventing unplanned pet reproduction is part of responsible pet ownership, and gonadectomy remains a vital component of pet population control. Gonadectomy is the most common surgical procedure performed on pets and reduces undesirable mating behaviors. However, research studies over the past few years have shown that the procedure may not be as innocuous as once thought; gonadectomy reduces the risk of some cancers and medical conditions, but increases the risk of others.
What do we know about gonadectomy? What do we still need to learn about it? How do we balance the benefits and risks to animal health and welfare? As our thinking on gonadectomy evolves, honest and transparent conversations must take place within the profession as well as between veterinarians and pet owners.
A primary care practitioner and veterinarians who are board-certified in behavior, internal medicine, surgery, and oncology will discuss the benefits and risks of gonadectomy in dogs during a roundtable session for veterinarians at 11am (EST) on Tuesday, May 19th. The roundtable discussion is a joint venture between the AVMA, Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida, and AAHA. We’ll be live-streaming the discussion via our YouTube channel.
Join us for the live stream on YouTube and submit your questions and comments via the chat function during the live stream. You don’t have to have a Google or YouTube account to watch the livestream. You will probably need to have an account, though, to participate in the live chat function. You can also submit questions before and during the livestream event via email.
Can’t watch it live? Don’t worry, we’re recording it and it will be available later on our website. Stay tuned to the AVMA@Work blog for updates.