Neuter timing linked to joint disease and cancer in 2 retriever breeds

07/16/2014 | Science Blog

Neutering dogs younger than 6 months is associated with an increase in joint problems and cancers in golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers, but golden retrievers are more affected, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Labradors neutered before 6 months had twice the rate of joint problems as non-neutered dogs of the same breed, while goldens neutered younger than 6 months had four to five times more joint problems than intact counterparts. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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