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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2000 Dec 1;217(11):1661-5.

Long-term outcome of gonadectomy performed at an early age or traditional age in cats.

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Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station 77843-4474, USA.

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  • J Am Vet Med Assoc 2001 Jan 15;218(2):221.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine long-term results and complications of gonadectomy performed at an early age (prepubertal) or at the traditional age in cats.

DESIGN:

Cohort study.

ANIMALS:

263 cats from animal shelters.

PROCEDURE:

Cats that underwent gonadectomy were allotted to 2 groups on the basis of estimated age at surgery (traditional age, > or = 24 weeks old; prepubertal, < 24 weeks old). Adoptive owner information was obtained from shelter records, and telephone interviews were conducted with owners to determine physical or behavioral problems observed in the cats after adoption. Follow-up information was obtained from attending veterinarians for cats with complex problems or when owners were uncertain regarding the exact nature of their cat's problem.

RESULTS:

Compared with traditional-age gonadectomy, prepubertal gonadectomy did not result in an increased incidence of infectious disease, behavioral problems, or problems associated with any body system during a median follow-up period of 37 months. Additionally, the rate of retention in the original adoptive household was the same for cats that underwent prepubertal gonadectomy as those that underwent traditional-age gonadectomy.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

Prepubertal gonadectomy may be performed safely in cats without concern for increased incidence of physical or behavioral problems for at least a 3-year period after gonadectomy.

PMID:
11110455
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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