THE IMPORTANCE OF NEUTERING
A vital health decisions is whether to spay or neuter pers. Spaying (removing ovaries and uterus) re- quires minimal hospitalisa- tion. It offers lifelong health benefi ts. Neutering (remov- ing testicles) will improve your pet’s behaviour, keep- ing him close to home.
Most dogs will come into season twice yearly, cats roughly every four weeks until they mate. Rabbits can breed year round.
What are the benefi ts?
● No chance of pets devel- oping pyometra and uter- ine or ovarian tumours. There’s less chance of mammary tumours.
● They’ll have consistent behaviour.
● No unwanted puppies or kittens and less straying behaviour on her behalf.
● No seasons (female dogs bleed).
Some timely advice about neutering your pet from Ashcroft Vets
Some common miscon- ceptions:
The myth: It is good for my pet to have one litter.
The truth: That’s not so.
The myth: Spaying will make her put on weight.
The truth: Her metabolism will slow. But good diet and exercise will prevent excess weight gain.
The myth: Spaying will change my pet’s personality.
The truth: There is no evi- dence of this.
With castration being so benefi cial and so straightfor- ward, it should be a defi nite choice.
What are the benefi ts of cas- tration?
● It should prevent your pet
marking or spraying in your house.
● It should improve their temperament.
● It eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate cancer.
● It will prevent your pet straying in search of a female.
● It should stop sex-related issues (no more mounting things!)
But what if I want to breed my pet?
Responsible breeding, by experienced owners goes on successfully, but even expe- rienced breeders can have problems).
It’s when pets become pregnant accidentally, or when inexperienced owners decide to breed, problems emerge.
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Pets may require interven- tion if they can’t birth natu- rally. Some breeds, like bull dogs, usually need Caesare- ans to give birth as their hips are too narrow. Caesareans can cost over £1,000, rarely covered by insurance. ‘Aver- age litter sizes’ are just that, an average!
Are there any cons to neu- tering my pet?
The pros outweigh the con.
As with all anaesthetics, there’s a small risk but these are routine procedures per- formed daily. Complications are rare. Procedures involve your pet being in for the day. Most are back to normal in 48 hours. With bitches, we sug- gest spaying at six months, before their fi rst season. They can also be spayed between seasons, so if your dog fi nished her season at the end of January, we’ll look to book her in around the end of April. Dogs
can be castrated from six months old. Male and fe- male cats can be neutered
from six months old. Rab- bits can be neutered from six months.
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