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Is early age neutering good for your dog?

Vets and many pet owners recognize the benefits of neutering their dogs — but there are complications, too.

Updated: April 15, 2004, 4:12 PM ET
By Karen Tobias | Veterinarian
University of Tennessee

Veterinarians and many pet owners recognize the benefits of spaying or castrating their dogs. Neutering animals reduces the risk of certain types of diseases, such as mammary tumors, uterine infections, and prostate swelling, and eliminates the chance of unplanned litters. Additionally, annoying behaviors associated with an overabundance of "teenage sex hormones" are hopefully avoided by removing the hormonal source — the ovaries or testicles.

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