For more years than I can recall, pet owners and the veterinary profession concluded the only way to control the over-population of canines and felines was and is via spays and neuters. During the more than fifty years I have have been in the veterinary profession, this attempted control has not occurred, only more cases of diabetes mellitus. Spaying and neutering pets is actually “desexing” these creatures, thereby creating a major hormone imbalance. Must we may not forget that the male and female hormones are not exclusive for sex and reproduction but rather a major component of very intricate and complex hormonal system.
The absence of gonadotrophic hormones initiates uncontrolled production and distribution of fat cells resulting in obesity. This obesity, more often than not, is observed outwardly while the condition is also occurring internally especially the internal organs which include, most specifically, the pancreas. Initially, when the, uncontrolled, fat cells enter the pancreas they locate between the pancreatic cells often referred to as physiological fatty infiltration. In time, the areas between the pancreatic cells have been over run by the fat cells, no place to invade except to force their way into the pancreatic cells themselves. When this occurs it is referred to as pathological fatty infiltration. “Pathological,” because these invading cells damage and kill the pancreatic cells including the islet of Langerhans where insulin is synthesized resulting in diabetes.
Forty-four years ago I published a new surgical procedure that would prevent pregnancies and the female would remain female and no hormone imbalances. This surgical procedure, until now, was rejected by the profession. During my years in practice I did scores of this “ovary sparing spay”(OSS) and never experienced anything negative.
I am overjoyed to learn that Dr. Michelle Kutzler, a professor at the Oregon State University School of Veterinary Medicine, has resurrected my surgical procedure realizing its value for a better life for these beautiful creatures we have been trained to care for.