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Rethinking Age of Desexing

January 11th, 2019
Say What Now?!

What age should we be desexing dogs? Well, that’s controversial. The AVA recommend desexing somewhere between 4 months and 1 year of age, at the vet’s discretion. Below is a great summary of the impact of desexing (Goh, Compendium August 2016 – the full article is free to access at the Compendium website) – Longevity is increased in desexed dogs, but we can see that it predisposes to a number of other conditions. My approach is very breed dependent – For example, Dachshunds desexed early (<12 months) have double the risk of intervertebral disc disease than late desexed dogs, so I would recommend between 12 – 18 months for them.

Cruciate ligament disease is more common in large breed dogs desexed at <6mo, so I would delay to 12 months. The trend towards desexing females at 6 months of age was due to the increasing risk of mammary tumours with each oestrus cycle (Schneider et al, 1969), which has been challenged in a recent publication which suggests desexing females at <2.5y rather than before oestrus onset) (Bronden et al, Vet Rec. 2010). There are several papers available referring to individual breeds, their predispositions and the recommendations for desexing.

#foodforthoughtfriday

Grain Free Diets

January 3rd, 2019

Recent research has made the association between dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and grain free diets, but what exactly in the diet is causing this? This was originally assumed to be associated with Taurine deficiency, but a recent study shows that 90% of dogs with DCM have NORMAL taurine levels! (link to a great article about this here http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/11/dcm-update/).

So what should we be recommending for our patients? The reality is that nothing is right for all patients. The boutique brands are poorly quality controlled, home cooked diets rarely meet nutritional requirements, and raw food diets carry infectious and zoonotic risks. Luckily, veterinary nutritionists can provide online consultations and unbiased commercial recommendations for the patients with special needs (eg that cat with diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and chronic kidney disease). Contact us on 9452 2933 for more information or to submit a request.