- Neutering can help reduce the huge number of unwanted pets.
- Female animals are spayed – this means the womb and the ovaries are removed.
- Male animals are castrated – this means the testicles are removed.
- Operations should be straightforward – they are carried out under general anaesthetic and animals usually recover quickly.
- Some pets may have a tendency to put on weight after neutering. This can be controlled by providing an appropriate diet; talk to your vet about this.
- Whilst some owners decide to neuter their pet for behavioural reasons (e.g. to reduce urine marking or roaming), it is not possible to accurately predict the after-effects of neutering.
- Neutering has many benefits that apply not only to dogsand cats but also to other small animals such asrabbits.
- Neutering prevents female animals coming into season, when they may attract unwanted male attention, become pregnant or have false pregnancies.
- Neutering prevents the risk of testicular cancer in male animals and uterus infections and cancers in females.
- In male dogs and cats, neutering can reduce behaviours such as urine marking and roaming.
- You do not need to let an animal have one litter first. Pets can be neutered before having any litters.
- Your vet will be able to offer further advice on the best time to neuter your pet.
- Check the cost with your vet. This will depend on the species, size and sex of your pet.
Benefits of neutering
‘In 2009 The RSPCA neutered 87,189 animals’