The Effect of Spaying on the Risk of Hip Joint Dysplasia in Dachshunds

Owner's question

"Hi, my dachshund, Bobby, is now 6 months old. My vet recommended that I neuter him. However, I read that neutering can increase the risk of hip dysplasia. What advice would you give?"

Veterinary answer

"Hi! The relationship between neutering and hip dysplasia is a controversial topic in veterinary medicine.

Some studies have indeed shown that neutered dogs are at higher risk for certain bone and joint problems, including hip dysplasia.

However, it's important to note that these results are not true for all dogs, and a number of factors can influence risk, including breed, genetics and your dog's lifestyle!

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In dachshunds, particular attention should be paid to spinal health as they are prone to spinal problems such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).

Neutering can indeed reduce the risk of unwanted behaviours such as territorial aggression, marking and running away, but you also need to think about the potential health risks.

You may want to consider delaying spaying Bobby until he is fully grown, especially if you are concerned about hip dysplasia.

Also, talk to your vet about what exercise and diet he recommends to reduce the risk of hip dysplasia.

Finally, each dog's decision to spay or neuter should be made on an individual basis, taking into account the effects of breed, age, health and environmental factors.

I encourage you to discuss all options with your veterinarian to make the best decision for Bobby."

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