To castrate or not to castrate?

Monday, November 18, 2019
Veterinary Practice

Along with positive socialisation, training and appropriate nutrition, castration is often considered a key component of responsible dog ownership. However, in recent years, attitude towards castration has changed slightly, both from a veterinary and an owner’s perspective.

From a medical point of view, castration has some benefits but also some downsides, so the decision should be made on a case-by-case basis. Castration can be beneficial in preventing specific testosterone-related diseases and can help in the management of some behavioural issues. However, there are some negatives: castrated animals have an increased tendency to obesity and some conditions are more prevalent in gonadectomised dogs, such as incontinence, osteoarthritis and some neoplasia. These conditions are clearly multifactorial, but research suggests disruption to the hypothalamic–pituitary–gonad axis and excessive gonadotrophin release as a possible component....

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