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INHERITED DISORDERS EFFECT MIXED BREED DOGS TOO!

In the June 2013 issue of Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a recent study was published by the University of California, Davis that provided information regarding inherited (genetic) disorders in dogs.

Between 2005 and 2010, over 27 Thousand dogs were screened for inherited disorders, which included various cancers, heart disease, bloat, and orthopedic abnormalities.  

The majority of these inherited disorders effected the Mixed Breeds just as much as the Purebred Dogs.

The TOP inherited disorder among Purebred Dogs is Rupture of one of the Cruciate Ligaments (ACL).

Rottweilers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Newfoundland, Mastiff and Mastiff-like dogs are among the TOP BREEDS that are most effected with Elbow Dysplasia.

 

 

Los Angeles, CA BANS Retail Sale of Dogs

In October 2012, the Los Angeles City Council approved an Ordinance that bans the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits.

Elizabeth Oreck is Best Friends Magazine’s National Manager of Puppy Mill Initiatives. According to Elizabeth, It comes down to this: Puppy Mills are in the business to supply pet stores. As long as people are buying those puppies, puppy mills are going to continue to breed them.

 

 

Early Spay/Neuter May Be Harmful!

In February 2013, University of California, Davis studied and published their findings on a 9 year Study involving the early neutering (under 1 year of age) of Golden Retrievers.

This Study reveals that Male and Female dogs Spayed or Neutered before 1 year of age have a significantly higher incidence of joint disorders and several cancers.

The Lead Investigator, Benjamin Hart, D.V.M., Ph.D., was surprised by the results that proved Hip Dysplasia is DOUBLED in male Golden Retrievers that were neutered before 1 year of age.

Both Male and Female Golden Retrievers are at a significantly higher incident for Cruciate  Ligament Tears when they are spayed or neutered before 1 year of age.

Other studies have suggested that there is a 17% increase in joint disorders and cancers among all other breed of dogs.

Hormones play an important role in the closure of Growth Plates.

Hemangiosarcoma is a type of cancer that adversely affects spayed females. Cardiac Tumors for spayed females was 4 times higher than Intact Females. Lymphosarcoma occurrence is lower than Intact dogs, and statistically significantly lower only in Males. Mast Cell Tumors did not occur in Intact Females, nor did it occur as much in Females Spayed AFTER 1 year of age.

For Decades, since the days when people simply opened the front door (of their unfenced homes) for their dogs, waved to them, and said See you when you get back!  - Early Spay and Neuter ( at or under 6 months of age) was Highly Suggested by Veterinarians for every single owned dog. It was a matter of Population Control.

However, in this day and age, a time that people treat their dogs as their children, is it as necessary to spay and neuter SO EARLY that we risk the health and well-being of our dogs?

 

 

 

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