Tag: mood

Do Neutering and Spaying Cause Depression in Pets? No Word Yet, But an Interesting Question

By Veronique Greenwood | October 10, 2011 1:17 pm

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Hormones are major mood-regulators, as anyone who has been cranky before a period or had their reproductive organs removed for medical reasons can tell you. In fact, depression is a common side effect of such surgeries in humans. But does that extend to some of the most regularly de-hormoned animals out there—our pets? That’s the thought-provoking thesis of a recent Slate piece, and while there’s been no systematic research on how such surgeries affect cats and dogs, a smattering of research has suggested that having your supply of hormones eliminated does affect the mood of mice and primates, free of the confounding influences one finds in humans. Read More

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