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Revised Position Statement – Neutering of Dogs and Cats

August 13, 2019

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association recently updated its position statement on the Neutering of Dogs and Cats. 

The following is of note:

  • The CVMA supports all educational efforts to promote responsible pet ownership. Prevention of unplanned breeding (permanently accomplished by neutering companion animals) is an integral part of being a responsible owner.
  • Neutering dogs and cats can also provide health and behavioural benefits, such as reduced risk of some diseases and undesirable behaviours that are influenced by reproductive hormones.
  • An owner’s decision to neuter, including when to neuter their pet, should be made in consultation with a licensed veterinarian after an assessment of each patient.
  • The CVMA advocates for pre-pubertal neutering of cats.
  • The CVMA advocates for pre-pubertal neutering of dogs, except when there are valid evidence-based reasons to delay the procedure.
  • The CVMA advocates for further research into preliminary data that may suggest large and giant breed dogs benefit from neutering after growth plate closure.
  • The CVMA supports neutering of dogs and cats prior to adoption from animal shelters.

Access the position statement here.  

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