I am not a big fan of spaying and neutering, for several reasons, not the least of which is I think it’s foolish to cut off hormone-producing bodyparts without good reason. (If I have a reason, I’m all for it — just not across the board.)
Vets have a tendency to push spay’neuter to everyone. They quote the statistics that spay/neuter has health benefits — decreases in testicular and mammary cancer — and, of course, it prevents unplanned litters. They don’t, however, spend much time talking about the health problems that spayed’neutered animals are at an increased risk for, and that bugs me. It’s just not right to give part of the story.
That’s PROPOGANDA, folks, not medical advice. (Problem is, I’d be willing to bet a lot of vets don’t KNOW the downsides to spaying and neutering because those aren’t well publicized.)
Anyway, here’s an awesome article that reviews the data from 50+ veterinary studies and comes up with an excellent discussion of the pros and cons of spaying and neutering: