I never join forums but i just had to reply to this subject.
As i see it's 4 years old but I did search on the subject and found this thread.
I am from Europe and have lived here for 6 years in the USA.
Often i am VERY frustrated by the way Americans deal with animals.
One of them is the spay and neuter thing.
I just adopted a kitten from local animal services and she needs to be spayed.
I am looking for a vet that does ONLY removal of ovaries. The less the better.
I've had 2 cats in Europe, one without ovaries and one with tubes tied. None had any reproductive area health issues.
One lived to 16 the other 14. So, for me less is better and not too young.
Was interesting to read previous posts on this topic and i'm thrilled that i'm not the only one with different views.
If i ever decide to neuter my dog i'll just tie his tubes only.
If i can't find a vet here willing to do it i'll do it in Europe while visiting family.
I want to sterilize my dog, no need to change his natural chemistry.
Hope there will be more like minded people in this country.
Enjoy your animals and do your own research before you decide what's best for your animal.