About this Research Topic
It must also be considered that, in many countries outside of the United States, dog populations are not routinely sterilized and, in some cases, maintain low rates of dog relinquishment. In other cases, where street dog populations are prevalent, results of long-term sterilization program are mixed as to their success in preventing or reducing street dog populations. It is clear that reproduction is not the sole cause of dog relinquishment, and that an outsized focus on sterilization can inhibit efforts to protect animals and, in some cases, be harmful to them.
These issues raise questions regarding legal implications, adoption, and methods of controlling reproduction. This Research Topic seeks to provide a scholarly forum addressing the numerous contexts and complexities, including cultural and legal issues related to spay and neuter of dogs.
Keywords: Spay-neuter, Ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy, Cultural differences, Joint disorders, Cancers, Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Cranial cruciate ligament tear or rupture, Mast cell tumor, Lymphosarcoma, Hemangiosarcoma, Dog breeds
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