If you do not intend to breed from your pet we would always recommend neutering. It is a sad truth that the number of puppies and kittens born every year is far greater than the number of good homes that can be found for them. As a result, thousands of healthy animals are destroyed and many unwanted pets are abandoned. Animal charities rehome thousands of unwanted pets every year. Neutering is a good way to solve the problem. Even with the best of intentions, if you have an unneutered pet, accidents can happen. Having your pet neutered is one of the simplest, safest and most practical ways of safeguarding your pet’s health and welfare.
The procedures are straight forward and carried out under general anaesthesia. Your pet will need to be starved in preparation for the anaesthetic. In females the ovaries and uterus are removed, this is referred to as spaying. In males the procedure is castration, this involves removing the testicles. A post op wound check will be required 7-10 days after the procedure. In the case of dogs we recommend controlled leash only exercise until they have been back for the required wound check.
If you are thinking of neutering your pet, here are a few thing to consider:
- On average a bitch is in season (on-heat) for 3 weeks once every six months. Not only is it messy, but when in season a bitch can become difficult to control and may try to escape.
- Female cats can be very vocal when in season.
- Neutered male cats tend to be less aggressive. The potentially fatal diseases Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are transfered in cat bites.
- Neutered animals are less likely to stray. Once the scent of a female in season has been picked up by a dog or tom cat they will wander over considerable distances. Stray dogs and cats are often injured or involved in road traffic accidents.
- Neutering male dogs reduces sex drive and will help with certain behavioural problems.
- Neutering reduces territorial marking around the home. Tom cat urine has a particularly unpleasant odour.
- There are health advantages too. Early neutering of females significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer and prevents the potentially life threatening condition Pyometra, a womb infection. Neutered males are at a reduced risk of testicular cancers, anal adenomas and prostate problems.
Many people worry their pet will become fat after neutering. This is not true, only over eating will make your pet fat! Neutering will often result in a lower metabolic rate, and so neutered pets often require less food than entire ones.