Talking frankly about spay / neuter is worth the backlash; because the health risks associated with it, especially when done in a young dog, are worthy of discussion. That isn’t to say that dogs shouldn’t be spayed or neutered; that’s a personal decision best left to the pet owner. Like vaccines and most routine veterinary procedures however, vets spend a lot of time discussing why you should spay or neuter your dog, but spend very little time talking about why you shouldn’t. The goal of this article and future blog articles related to your dogs health are to give you the information your vet doesn’t, so you can make the best possible decision for your dog. At the heart of the matter is how spay/neuter affects the dog’s hormones. Read our blog article on abnormal growth.