What’s New

treatibles-dog-scientist-1462314601This page describes all updates/additions to this website since its inception in August 2016 due to questions from our readership or from research discoveries on our part. It is intended to direct our followers directly to the changes in our content without having to reread the entire site.

Aug. 24, 2018
The Allergies page has been updated to include Alopecia, Alopecia X and food allergies. Practical tips have been included to minimize unnecessary testing and provide relief.
Apr. 8, 2018
Both the Behavioral Effects of Spay and the Behavioral Effects of Neuter pages have been expanded. In consideration of the popularity of this topic, additional information has been added to make them more relevant and helpful to the reader.
Mar. 26, 2018
A reader of our Healthy and Happy Dog website contacted us, asking for more information about pyometra. His vet was recommending ovariohysterectomy (traditional spay which removes the ovaries and uterus) rather than tubal ligation because the risk of pyometra in female dogs who have not been spayed is great. We decided a more in-depth look at the risks of female dogs developing pyometra and its treatment was in order.
Feb. 17, 2018
Cancer is the number one killer of adult dogs by an alarmingly wide margin. This section describes how the risk of the four most deadly cancers is substantially increased for a dog who has been the recipient of spay/neuter.
Dec. 30, 2017

Cranial cruciate ligament tear/rupture is the number one orthopedic injury suffered by dogs around the world. This section describes how spay/neuter is the predominant cause of this affliction.
Nov. 26, 2017

Due to its emerging importance, added a complete discussion of the “stress response system”. This is fundamental to understanding the behavioral changes observed after spay/neuter.
Nov. 7, 2017

As of 7/17/2017, the AVMA website was modified to reflect their current position/policy regarding sterilization. The original page entitled Pediatric Spay/Neuter, recognizes spay/neuter as the only viable sterilization procedure. The new page, i.e., Spaying and Neutering, now recognizes other sterilization techniques (e.g., vasectomy, ovariohysterectomy).

The ASPCA has also modified its “Policy and Position Statement” to simply state they recommend “sterilization” prior to pet adoption. This is precisely what we here at Healthy and Happy Dog have advocated.

Aug. 17, 2017

Added discussion regarding the “stress response system” and how it can be permanently damaged by early spay/neuter. The altered stress response provides the explanation as to why spay/neuter is associated with emerging disease entities.
June 27, 2017

Added this section upon recently discovering an article in the UC Davis California Aggie which describes the problems surrounding spay/neuter in a simple, easy to understand fashion.
May 11, 2017

Added this subsection about canine obesity under the “Diseases” main menu section.
Feb. 10, 2017

Added this subsection about canine allergies under the “Diseases” main menu section.
Dec. 25, 2016

Added this section in order to answer some of the questions our readers have submitted to us with respect to spay/neuter, the endocrine system (hormones) and related health issues regarding your best friend.
Nov. 20, 2016

Added to the main menu and updated to include additional studies confirming that spayed/neutered dogs will experience a shorter lifespan.
Nov. 10, 2016

Updated to include a link to a state by state list of veterinarians who are willing to perform hormone sparing sterilization alternatives to traditional spay/neuter.
Oct. 29, 2016

Added to the “Spay” section of the website. A follower of  Healthy and Happy Dog contacted us, asking us for more information about pyometra and other complications with respect to spay surgery.
Oct. 16, 2016

 Added in order to deal with states which currently preclude options other than spay and neuter as methods for sterilization when adopting a dog.