PABS Science

When the time is right.

Highly Favored Creations, LLC, is not against spaying your dog—when the time is right, but we want to be sure every dog parent is well informed about the dangers when they spay a dog while too young. Our focus is not on the earliest age that your dog may survive surgery; instead, our focus is on ensuring your dog remains healthy afterward.

Instinctively, we dog parents know some pets are just too young to spay. Knowing when to spay a dog may make for a healthier, happier pet, and possibly add years to her life.

Please take a moment to review the information contained in the links below, and decide for yourself when the time is right.

Reexamining the early spay-neuter paradigm in dogs ((2 veterinarians discuss their disagreements about spaying) Veterinary News DVM360, 3.1.2019)

The Quietly Changing Consensus on Neutering Dogs by Sara Zhang (The Atlantic, 7/22/2019) 

Throwing the Baby Out With the Bath Water: Could Widespread Neutering of Companion Dogs Cause Problems at a Population Level (Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 7/22/2019)

Dogs Are Not Here for Our Convenience by Dr. Alexandra Horowitz (The New York Times, 9/3/2019 )

The growing debate over spaying and neutering dogs by Karen Brulliard (The Washington Post, 10/11/2019)  

Age at gonadectomy and risk of overweight/obesity and orthopedic injury in a cohort of Golden Retrievers, (PLOS ONE, 7/17/2019)

Why You Might Want to Hold Off on Neutering Your Dog by Kristi Pahr (Readers Digest 2019)

Zink, M. Christine, “Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete: One Veterinarian’s Opinion,” 2005

Sanborn, Laura J., “Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay / Neuter in Dogs”, 2007

The Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation, Center for Exceptional Longevity Studies, Purdue University, “A Healthy Respect for Ovaries”, 2010

University of California Davidson, “Golden retriever study suggests neutering affects dog health”, 2013

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation Pod Cast with Dr. Ben Hart on The Problem with Early Spay and Neuter, 2013

Dr. Gayle Watkins, Research on the effects of spaying and neutering”, 2019

University of California Davidson, “Long-Term Health Effects of Neutering Dogs: Comparison of Labrador Retrievers with Golden Retrievers”, 2014

Dr. Donna Spector, Halo Veterinarian with Ellen Degeneres, & Tracie Hotchner, Dog Talk Radio Discussing the Benefits of Delaying Spaying, 2016


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