The addition of a rescue dachshund to our household has prompted me to learn a whole lot more about dogs. A lot has changed in the ten years since we got our previous fur-babies!
One of the things I’ve learned is that early spaying or neutering pups may not be in a dog’s best interest. In a study of golden retrievers, dogs that were neutered prior to a year old had much higher incidences of hip dysplasia, knee injuries, and cancer (hemangiosarcoma, lymphosarcoma and mast cell tumors). According to our trainer, this is because neutering reduces hormones that are essential for skeletal and muscular growth. You can learn more about the pro’s and cons of neutering here. (Source)
The purpose of this article isn’t to debate how to care for your pet. It’s to point out that sometimes our core beliefs are no longer accurate. When we don’t have a reason to question our beliefs – or we’re not exposed to new information – what we think can be wrong.
Today, write about something new you learned. Did it change what you believed?
Sue Allen Clayton is a website content writer, author and speaker. She writes newsletters, website content and marketing materials for a wide range of businesses. Over her two decades as a professional writer, Sue has written several books, hundreds of newsletters and magazine articles, and thousands of blog posts.