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Will my neutered dog be more likely to get a slipped disc?

Q

I have a 10 month old Miniature Dachshund. I’d like to get him neutered but someone told me that would make it more likely for him to get a slipped disc. Is that true?

A

The disc degeneration that leads to a slipped disc is mostly governed by genetics, and so neutering would be very unlikely to make a difference to the incidence of slipped discs. To my knowledge, no detailed research has been done on this topic, but there is no evidence of any protective effect by not neutering him, so I would go ahead and get it done.

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