Here’s a subject that a whole lot of committed pet owners feel strongly about – and with good reason.

If you think sterilization of dogs and cats is the right thing to do, well, I would never argue. On the other hand, if you did not subject your dog to surgical removal of the testicles, ovaries, and uterus, procedures I have done thousands of times in my career, I wouldn’t challenge you to a duel. Either decision can constitute responsible pet ownership.

I believe that taking the time to listen to this podcast qualifies you as a committed dog parent.

I encourage you to make your decision based on scientific evidence instead of emotion. Here, I’m going to share the results of research that can reduce some risks. This may help guide your decision on when or even if to spay or neuter your next dog.

I hope you find this information useful. You’re welcome to share this podcast with any of your pet-loving friends. If they’re considering having their dog spayed or neutered, well, they’ll be glad for the advice.

Each week I share a short video, a podcast, or a blog to help bring out the best in pets. You can sign up at no charge on my website, drjeffnichol.com. And when you do, I’ll send you my free at-home pet first aid and CPR guide.

Thanks for your dedication to your pets. And thanks for listening. I’m Dr. Jeff Nichol.