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Spayed, neutered dogs live longer

A new study found that the common procedure can help reduce the risk of certain causes of death.

By Vetstreet Apr 18, 2013 4:08PM

New research from the University of Georgia suggests that in addition to helping control the pet population, having your dog spayed or neutered might lengthen their life and change the risk of specific causes of death.

Using records from more than 40,000 dogs over the course of 20 years, researchers determined that the average life span of dogs who had the procedure was 9.4, versus 7.4 for dogs who did not.

Photo: Research says spaying and neutering your dogs helps them live longer / PhotoTalk/Getty Images Bing: Why you should spay or neuter your pets.

The study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, also found that sterilized dogs were more likely to die from cancer or autoimmune diseases, while those that weren’t were more likely to die from infectious disease or trauma.

— Read it at Science Daily

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