WSAVA Calls for a ‘Paradigm Shift’ in Thinking on Reproduction Control

June 5, 2024

New Global Guidelines Highlight the Need to Move Away from ‘Routine’ Neutering

Calls for veterinarians to ensure that clients have all the information they require to make an informed decision about neutering their animals and to move away from the traditional approach of ‘routine’ spaying and neutering of owned animals are central to the world’s first Global Guidelines on Reproduction Control.

The Guidelines have been prepared by the Reproduction Control Committee (RCC) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice, the WSAVA’s official scientific journal. They aim to help WSAVA members make science-based choices for the management of reproduction in their patients, while safeguarding animal welfare and supporting the human-companion animal bond. Included are discussions of current practice, together with explanations of newer approaches, both surgical and non-surgical. They also explore the health benefits and drawbacks of each method and explore ethical questions.

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