Neutering your pet


If you don’t plan to breed from your animal, neutering is one of the best things you can do for them.

Overpopulation of cats in the UK, and the problem of stray dogs, are just two of the problems that you can help to solve by neutering your animals and ensuring that they don’t have unwanted litters. Neutering can also help prevent life-threatening conditions such as pyometras (womb infections) and cancers.

For female cats and dogs, there is often a thought that it is good for them to have a litter before they are spayed. However, there is no evidence to support this. Female cats and dogs should be spayed when they are young, at a time advised by your Best Friends vet.  This can vary between cats and dogs, and even different breeds, so the best thing is to always speak to your Best Friends vet and follow their advice.

Animals which are not neutered will display mating behaviours. Female cats will come into season. One of the behaviours they display is ‘yowling’; a loud and often distressing-sounding noise that attracts local unneutered male cats, who can often spray gardens, doors and other areas outside. Female dogs who have not been spayed will also attract unneutered males, and unlike female cats, they will bleed whilst in season.

Unneutered male dogs will be searching for a mate. This can lead to them running off and chasing unneutered females, and displaying aggressive behaviour around other dogs. This can be whilst on walks, or simply barking in your garden and trying to escape.

Cats and dogs benefit from neutering, as do rabbits and ferrets. Always speak to your Best Friends vet about the best time to neuter your puppy or kitten, as they will be able to give you the best advice for your pet, and perform this routine surgery when the time is right.


What does neutering involve?


Neutering is a surgical operation that can usually be performed during the day, allowing your pet to come home with you the same evening for you to care for them where they are most familiar. If the correct advice is followed, your pet will recover quickly and will be back to their usual selves in no time.

Females are spayed. This means that their womb and ovaries are removed. Males are castrated. This means that their testicles are removed.

Contact your local Best Friends Vet Branch to talk to a Vet about neutering your pet.

If you need to speak to us about neutering your pet, make an appointment with your local branch today.

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