Neutering your pet is generally advised amongst multiple organisations and in the veterinary industry
Along with the RSPCA, Blue Cross and the British Veterinary Association (BVA), we strongly advise neutering your pet, whether it’s a cat or dog.
The only reason not to is if you are planning to breed from your pet – in which case you should take advice on how to do this with the best interests of your cat or dog, and their offspring, in mind.
For everyone else, neutering your pet is highly beneficial, for all concerned!
Health benefits of neutering your pet
Neutering your pet means that you’ll reduce their risk of some dangerous illnesses and conditions, such as:
- Breast cancer or women infections in females
- Pregnancies and phantom pregnancies in females
- Testicular cancer and prostate problems in males
- Wounds and infections resulting from fighting in males.
Lifestyle benefits for you
You’ll also notice the benefit of having your cat or dog spayed or castrated. For example:
- Neutered males are less likely to spray urine in your home, roam or exhibit aggressive behaviour.
- Spayed females won’t experience the hormonal changes associated with being in heat, so they will be more even-tempered.
- Female dogs (bitches) who haven’t been spayed go into season around every six months, during which time they have a bloody discharge and can be easily agitated. To prevent unwanted pregnancies you’ll need to keep your bitch indoors, and in an area that can be easily cleaned.
- Female cats who haven’t been spayed are in heat for about a week, roughly every three weeks. During this time they tend to be highly vocal, trying to attract the attention of a mate, which is likely to be disruptive for everyone sharing their home.
Benefits of neutering for the animal population
Most animal rescue centres in the UK are at capacity, with more animals being handed in on a daily basis.
In the UK thousands of animals are put to sleep each year for non-medical reasons, due to the lack of space at catteries, kennels and other centres. Neutering your pet means that you won’t be contributing to this growing problem.
What is the neutering procedure?
For both cats and dogs, neutering is a surgical procedure and is carried out under general anaesthetic. For males, the testicles are removed. For females, the uterus and ovaries are both usually removed. While any surgery carries an element of risk, these are common and routine procedures with few complications.
Your pet will be given pain relief both before and after surgery to minimise any discomfort, and will usually be back home with you the same day. You will need to keep an eye on your cat or dog for around a week after the operation to check they are recovering well. Swelling or infection may occasionally occur, but is easily treated.
Recovery is usually swift and complete, so your pet will be back to their usual selves (perhaps with less aggressive behaviour and urine spraying) within 7-10 days.
We hope this has eased your mind about neutering your pet and that you enjoy many happy years together!
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