Features June 2000 Issue

When Is a Good Time to Spay or Neuter?

According to holistic vets, what’s best for the canine population at large may not be best for YOUR dog. What can you do to benefit both?

Whole Dog Journal unabashedly supports the positive efforts of animal protection workers around the country to reduce the euthanasia of unwanted animal companions, including the proactive approach of shelters to spay and neuter dogs at a relatively early age, before they have had a chance to make more puppies. However, many holistic veterinary practitioners regard prepubescent spay/neuter surgery as potentially harmful to young pups. We’ll describe their concerns — but we’ll also offer some holistic remedies that can counter the potentially deleterious effects of surgery.

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