I recently scoured scientific literature looking for evidence that spay/neutering is better for dogs in an attempt to convince a client he should get his very large male dog neutered. I couldn’t find any convincing evidence.
Yet, it’s pretty much considered sacrilege for responsible dog people to suggest that their may be benefits to keeping a dog intact.
In an excellent article, the great Patricia McConnell explains how a clear black and white answer for spaying/neutering would be nice, but it’s an answer that doesn’t actually exist.
From a population control standpoint, I think it’s pretty clear that the overall practice of spay/neuter helps, and for that reason, I’ll continue to be a proponent. Frankly, it’s just easier. But as McConnell says, there’s a lot more that we don’t know about spay/neuter than we do know, and I think keeping the conversation going is wise.
Curious to hear feedback!