The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently changed its position on spaying and neutering dogs and it is putting pet company Highly Favored Creations in the spotlight.
Dexter Blanch, President, had for many years observed certain common health issues among dogs who were spayed before they had matured.
“As a professional dog handler, I noticed the large breeds I worked with that were spayed or neutered as juveniles started having issues with hip dysplasia, joint problems and incontinence prematurely,” Blanch said. “I developed the Pet Anti-Breeding System (PABS) as an alternative to spaying for pet parents who, for many reasons, wanted to wait until after the dog was able to reproduce and fully mature to have her spayed.”
Now, the AKC and scientific studies at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have linked the health issues Blanch observed to spaying or neutering dogs at the recommended age of six months rather than waiting until full maturity.
In April, the AKC, taking into account studies from UC Davis, amended its spay and neuter position statements to say thatfor a healthier, longer lived dog, the surgery should only be performed after the dog has fully matured.
According to UC Davis professor Dr. Benjamin Hart, who conducted the studies, dogs typically begin maturing after the first year, depending on the breed. Spaying before maturity not only leads to various early stage cancers, but also increases instances of incontinence, according to the studies’ findings.
Blanch, who began working on PABS 5 years ago, says his product is the only all natural, secure solution for pet owners who, in light of the new information, decide to delay spaying or neutering for the health of their dog.
Blanch said the system, a harness with a rear shield worn by female dogs, prevents unwanted litters between the time an animal is able to reproduce and when the UC Davis studies and AKC say it’s safer to sterilize.
The UC Davis studies have shown in certain large breeds, such as German shepherds, spaying or neutering prior to six months of age can triple the risk of one or more joint disorders shorten their lifespan, and contribute to incontinence.
Similar disorders were found in another UC Davis study to impact Labrador and Golden retrievers, which also were found to experience joint disease and certain cancers at significantly higher rates than non-sterilized dogs.
Blanch said he isn’t against spaying and neutering animals and believes controlling the unwanted pet population is a part of responsible ownership.
“PABS covers the areas a pet parent would be concerned about and prevents accidental breeding. It’s lightweight, durable and has the eight-point buckle system made of durable nylon webbing and includes a mesh backing to keep her rear end covered at all times. Your dog can still relieve herself while wearing this system, run, play and just be a normal dog.”
Blanch said PABS has recently gained a reputation for addressing another of the problems noted in the studies – chronic incontinence. The washable sanitary pads (Sani-T Pads) that fit into a rear mesh pocket for protecting pet owners’ furniture and flooring from damage while their dog is in heat, also have become some pet owners’ solution for taking care of their incontinent dogs.
Blanch has sold PABS and the Sani-T Pads to customers in 75 plus countries.