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Session Seven

18th January 2018 8.00pm 10.00pm Cost 45.00

Behavioural benefits of neutering in dogs what is fact and what is fiction?

  • Sarah Heath BVSc DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB MRCVS, RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine (Companion Animals)

The decision to neuter their pet can be a difficult one for owners and it is the responsibility of the veterinary profession to listen to these concerns and offer appropriate advice. The aim of discussion is to allow the owner to make a decision based on facts and give informed consent for the surgery. Neutering is undoubtedly beneficial for population control and there is good scientific evidence for medical advantages from neutering. Behavioural advantages of neutering also undoubtedly exist but it is important to realise that neutering can only be beneficial for cases where behaviour is resulting directly from hormonal influences. Understanding the role of emotion in behaviour is important in order to develop a rational and appropriate approach to the issue of canine neutering.