The spay/neuter conversation, at Convention and beyond

spay-neuter-dog-AVMA-blog_3Pet owners have ready access to diverse opinions online about spaying and neutering, and look to their veterinarian to provide a recommendation that’s best for their pet. As more information is learned about the impacts of gonadectomy on pets, veterinary thinking about this important surgery is evolving.

While spay/neuter surgery typically has been performed just before puberty to prevent unwanted litters and reduce undesired mating behaviors, our profession needs to refine our approach from generalized, one-size-fits-all recommendations to individual assessments based on each animal’s situation.

This demands a greater understanding of the balancing act between the benefits and risks of spaying and neutering, and the AVMA has released a new online resource to help veterinarians explore the changing landscape of gonadectomy considerations. We’ve gathered insights from veterinary surgeons, oncologists, behaviorists, theriogenologists, internists, general practitioners, and shelter veterinarians to provide insight into the perspectives shaping the evolving thought about spaying and neutering pets. You can earn CE by watching a new series of webinars about gonadectomy and successfully completing short tests after each one.

If you’re attending the AVMA Convention in San Antonio, the Animal Welfare track includes a session presented by AVMA’s own Dr. Kendall Houlihan, titled “A Review of the Risks and Benefits Associated with Gonadectomy in Dogs ” on Monday, Aug. 8, from 8-8:50am in Room 217A of the convention center.

We’re also developing additional resources, including a literature review, that will be available in the near future.

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