Spaying Doesn’t Affect Performance of Racing Greyhounds

February 23, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

A recent study analyzed the effect of spaying on the racing performance of female greyhounds. The results show that little or no real effects are present. It is recommended that pets be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age. This research is important because it confirms that spaying does not affect the athletic potential of dogs.

For this study, researchers evaluated the racing performance dogs both before and after spaying. In a 480 meter race, the average difference was only 0.066 seconds. There were no short-term or long-term effects.

Source: Payne R. The effect of spaying on the racing performance of female greyhounds. The Veterinary Journal, 2013 Nov; 198 (2): 372-375.

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