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Research on castration in dogs - can you help

Elizabeth Ayrton is a veterinary surgeon currently completing a Masters degree at the University of Lincoln and working for Behaviour Referrals Veterinary practice. She is interested in how castration affects dogs.

We know there are good reasons to castrate for population control and also medical benefits but it would appear that owners often castrate for behavioural reasons and less is known about the effects of castration on behaviour and it may be that some dogs require testosterone for social confidence.

Elizabeth is trying to research this aspect and requires information both from dogs being castrated and dogs that are not being castrated in the next 3 months (Oct. - Dec. 2017).

She would be grateful if pet owners or vets would contact her if they would be prepared to take part - it purely involves owners answering a questionnaire now and in 3 months time and she is offering entry into a prize draw for all pets that complete the questionnaire with the chance of winning a hamper of toys for your pet.

She only wants pet dogs between the ages of 4 - 14 months who have been owned for at least 2 months. Anyone interested in taking part please e-mail Elizabeth on and she can either send you a questionnaire electronically or post it out with an SAE if you prefer. PLEASE SHARE!

For more information on and advice on neutering of Dachshunds, please look here.

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