When becoming a pet parent for the first time, one of the important decisions you will make is whether or not to neuter or spay your pet. Many people wonder what the benefits are, and whether it is worth going through.
Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female pet, and neutering is the removal of the testicles of a male pet. Both procedures are performed around six months and require minimal hospitalisation. They will greatly benefit your companion in the long term for a variety of reasons.
By spaying or neutering your pet, you will prevent unwanted litters that could result in overpopulation and unnecessary homelessness.
Dogs and cats go into heat within their first six months, and dogs can have a litter every six months after. Cats are seasonal breeders and will go in and out of heat from March to September.
According to the Animal Humane Society, allowing your pet to live without being spayed or neutered could lead to 67,000 homeless dogs in six years and more than 11 million homeless cats in nine years.
By preventing unplanned litters it could mean fewer dogs and cats are put to sleep each year.
When your pet is on heat, which can be up to a few months a year, she can become very stressed. By spaying your pet it can relieve her from the stress and improve her mood significantly.
In an effort to attract the other sex, unneutered pets are more likely to mark their territory and risk fighting with other males. They may attempt to escape in an effort to find a mate, which could lead to them going missing.
Neutered males are often less aggressive and have significantly fewer temperamental problems. Spaying and neutering can also make your furry friend more affectionate!
Neutering your dog or cat removes the risk of testicular cancer or prostate enlargement. Similarly, spaying your pet removes the risk of breast cancer and reduces the risk of a uterine infection.
The cost of neutering or spaying your pet is low in relation to the health benefits your companion will receive in the long term.
Spaying or neutering will not make your pet put on weight or make them lazy.
Spaying or neutering your pet will prevent unplanned pregnancies, and so will prevent the unwanted costs associated with a litter. It will also mean you’ll have fewer cases of your tomcat getting into fights with the neighbourhood cats.
With a new litter comes great responsibility. The mother will require a lot of attention before, during and after delivery.
Weaning the animals to solid food and deworming them can be time-consuming and costly.
Finding new homes will also be time-consuming and ensuring they go to appropriate homes will also require a high level of responsibility.
If you would like any more information on neutering or spaying your pet, do not hesitate to contact your local Medivet practice. Your vet will be more than willing to offer more advice or discuss the topic in greater detail with you.