Prepubertal gonadectomy in dogs and cats - Part II Academic Article uri icon


  • Since the 1993 approval of early-age gonadectomy by the American Veterinary Medical Association, it has become a common procedure performed on shelter animals. Veterinarians need to be aware of the technical differences between surgery performed on young puppies and kittens and that on mature animals. In addition, although pediatric physiology differs from adult physiology, numerous anesthetic protocols have been found to be safe and effective for pediatric patients. Familiarity with the anesthetic and surgical procedures also involves anticipation of the outcome.

author list (cited authors)

  • Howe, L. M.

publication date

  • March 1999