Should you neuter your pet? We’ll help you make the right decision
Many of our customers choose to have their pets neutered, and it is one of our most frequently performed operations. Neutering involves the removal of your pet’s sex organs, leaving them infertile.
Most people know that neutering prevents your pet having unwanted offspring, but there are other advantages for both owner and pet. Male animals which are not neutered are more likely to roam show aggression, which can result in fighting. Neutering also reduces unwanted behaviour such as urine marking and mounting.
Both male and female pets can enjoy better health because they’ve been neutered. Dogs which have the procedure are far less likely to develop cancers of the testicles or prostate. Bitches are protected from a potentially fatal infection in the uterus and are far less likely to develop mammary tumours if neutered before 2 years of age.
“Neutering is considered by some as a way of treating aggression in male dogs but we recommend properly exploring the cause of their behaviour first. If an animal is lashing out because it is afraid or intimidated, neutering may make the problem worse. One of our specialist animal behaviour sessions could be the answer.”
The operation can be carried out once cats or dogs are 6 months old. It’s performed under a general anaesthetic so your pet is asleep for the operation and feels no pain, plus we give you plenty of advice on how to care for them while they recover. Most pets are back on their feet within a day or two.
Cats and dogs are not the only animals which can be neutered. Rabbits and Guinea Pigs also benefit from the procedure, particularly if a group of them is living together. As well as preventing unwanted offspring, it reduces the likelihood of fighting.
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