The Benefits of Having Your Pet Neutered!
In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies, there are many other health and behavioural benefits to having your pet neutered. Some of these are outlined below for you.
In female dogs, heats periods (or seasons) last about 3 weeks and occur roughly every 6 months. During this time she will be receptive to other un-neutered male dogs in your area. In both sexes, the urge to mate can lead to roaming, with the associated risk of becoming permanently lost, getting involved in fights, or worst still being injured or killed in a road accident.
Female cats come into heat as often as every two weeks during the breeding season, which starts around February. They will endlessly try to escape and mate with local tom cats. Male cats, particularly if they are not neutered, will mark their territory by “spraying” strong smelling urine on objects inside and outside the house. In addition they are frequently involved in fights in which they can get cat bite abscesses. These fights and sexual contact could result in transmission of one of the deadly viral infections, FIV or FeLV, which are often carried by feral cats.
Rabbits also benefit from being neutered. Besides preventing unwanted pregnancies, neutering generally makes them calmer, more sociable and less likely to fight. Spaying also removes the risk of uterine cancer which is common in older unspayed females.
What does the surgery involve?
In females, neutering (termed spaying) involves removing both ovaries and the uterus while under general anaesthetic. In the dog and rabbit, this is done through an incision in the belly, while in the cat it can often be done through a small incision in the flank. As well as preventing the seasons and unwanted pregnancies, spaying also removes the risk of a potentially life threatening uterine infections. Additionally, it reduces the risk of developing mammary tumours later in life.
In males, neutering (termed castration ), involves removal of both testicles under a general anaesthetic. Neutering makes male pets less likely to stray, and in dogs it can help in controlling certain types of behavioural problems. Neutered male cats are far less likely to get into fights and urine spray.