Is desexing actually the best option for pets?
In our view a study in 2013 involving over 40,000 dogs answered this question as yes. It demonstrated that there was a substantial increase in lifespan associated with desexing. Desexing increased lifespan by 13.8% in female dogs and 26.3% in male dogs.
Cause of death by infection, trauma, circulation problems and degenerative problems was reduced if desexed. Cause of death by immune mediated disease and cancer was increased. An increase in cancer would be expected with longer lifespan.