9 - Spay & Neuter: When is it OK
This episode, Dr. Ben Brooks discusses a scientific paper by UC-Davis veterinarians Ben and Lynette Hart that exposes the health risks of premature neutering (including spaying) in GSDs. WinterKommt officially recommends never neutering if at all possible, or at the very least, waiting until after the second heat cycle for females, and full sexual maturity for males. The ASPCA, the Humane Society, and others advocate for neutering as early as 8 weeks. While they do have a valid concern (there are just too many dogs), the science does not support their claims that early neutering has no, or even positive health effects.
Hart, B. L., Hart, L. A., Thigpen, A. P., & Willits, N. H. (2016). Neutering of German Shepherd Dogs: Associated joint disorders, cancers and urinary incontinence. Veterinary Medicine and Science, 2(3), 191-199. doi:10.1002/vms3.34