Teach veterinarians alternatives to spay/neuter in vet school!

Teach veterinarians alternatives to spay/neuter in vet school!

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Cheryl Hoofnagle started this petition to Schools of Veterinary Medicine

Over 50% of dogs die of cancer. Many of the cancers that kill our dogs are more likely after a traditional spay or neuter procedure that robs dogs of their hormones. There is an 11 fold increase in hemangiosarcoma in spayed female dogs over those who keep their ovaries.  Lymphoma and Mast Cell Cancers are also more likely. Additionally, spayed and neutered dogs are more likely to develop behavior problems including aggression and noise sensitivity. Orthopedic issues are also increased in spayed/neutered dogs, especially if done prior to the dog attaining maturity. With the 35% drop in metablolic rate, many castrated dogs suffer from obesity.

Veterinarians resist doing less invasive procedures like vasectomies and ovary sparing spays simply because they didn't teach these approaches in veterinary school. They may not be aware of the growing data supporting offering alternatives to total castration.  Some breeders are pressuring vets to offer vasectomy and ovary sparing spay but it would be more effective if the veterinary schools taught these procedures as part of their regular curriculum and offered remedial course work for those veterinarians already in practice. Let's give informed dog owners a choice when it comes to caring for their dogs' health!

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