Population Control in Small Animals

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Abstract

Optimal age for ovariohysterectomy or castration has not been defined in the scientific literature. Bitches and queens are significantly less likely to develop mammary neoplasia, which has a high incidence and potentially high morbidity and mortality, if spayed when young. Tom cats exhibit undesirable behaviors that preclude them being good pets and should be castrated young. There is no compelling reason to castrate male dogs when young unless it is needed to control reproductive behaviors or prevent indiscriminate breeding. Alternatives to surgical sterilization that may be available in the future include intratesticular injection and immunization against gonadotropin-releasing hormone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)721-732
Number of pages12
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

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Reproductive Behavior
spaying
Population Control
Castration
Pets
gonadotropin-releasing hormone
reproductive behavior
bitches
castration
Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone
pets
breasts
Breeding
morbidity
Immunization
immunization
Cats
Breast
Dogs

Keywords

  • Castration
  • Immunocontraception
  • Ovariohysterectomy
  • Overpopulation

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  • Journal Article
  • Review

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Population Control in Small Animals. / Root Kustritz, Margaret V.

In: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice, Vol. 48, No. 4, 01.07.2018, p. 721-732.

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