Today at my work, one of my clients told me that their sheltie would not be into camp for his weekly visit next week. When asking why, she stated he would be getting a vasectomy. He is a five month old sheltie and at camp, we require that all dogs be physically unable to reproduce (we usually just say spayed or neutered) by six months of age. It is corporate policy, and we are a large franchise that must adhere to it. We did accept the vasectomy as a viable alternative to neutering. That said, I had never heard of a dog getting a vasectomy. Talking to the client further, she said her female sheltie had received a tubal ligation instead of removal of the ovaries. This all fascinated me as I just…I had never heard of this! I asked her why she chose this route, and she told me it was because her husband was a vet and he had been studying a lot of research about adrenal diseases and he is convinced that one of the reason adrenal problems have sky rocketed in dogs is because of the fact that when a dog is spayed or neutered, the system still wants to produce the same amount of sex hormones and when the sex organs are removed the only other real hormone producing part in the dog that is left is the adrenal gland, which gets overworked and goes into overdrive to compensate for the lack/loss of hormones. This, he believes, creates a lot of problems. She also mentioned that her in tact but non-reproductive dogs have always been more muscular, defined, and well built than their spayed and neutered counterparts. She, as a sheltie owner, has not experienced any negative side effects such as aggression or marking indoors, etc. Apparently, a vasectomy takes ten minutes and the tubal ligation is nearly just as quick. They are both much less invasive and easier surgeries with less risk. Now I'm not a vet and don't claim to have all the answers. But given that shelties are not particularly high risk for testicular or ovarian cancer, and they do not tend to tear the house down when a female is in estrus, this seems like a very reasonable alternative to S&N. Regardless of one's opinion as to which is best or preferable, I would have liked to have heard about this option from my vet. I have not been told about this from any vet I have ever used with any of my dogs in twenty years and when I talked to my vet today while getting Cookie's heart worm medication, he simply said "spaying and neutering is just what we have always done." I wish vets presented this as an option. I understand there will be many different opinions and that is totally fine, but to never have it presented as an option to me is really unfortunate. I would have liked to have kept Cookie's hormones in tact. And I wish I would have researched the "benefits" of neutering a little better. There are not nearly as many as spaying, which has its limits, as well. When I was still contemplating whether or not I actually wanted to neuter Cookie at all, I was surprised with the volatility I received from some pet owners and friends (not on this forum). They acted like I was committing a crime by possibly having an intact dog. My dog is not free roaming, and is never out of my sight when he is out of the house/securely double fenced yard. The chances that he would impregnate someone's dog would have been 0.000001%. The way spay and neuter has been ingrained into our society is a little scary. There are other options, and I didn't even know about them :C Sorry for the long post! Just thought it was interesting. Have a great night!