Spaying or neutering your pet

Making sure your pet is neutered or spayed can be an important part of pet ownership so it’s worth knowing what the procedure entails.
How is the operation carried out?
The operation is conducted by a veterinary surgeon while your pet is under general anaesthetic. Animals generally recover quite quickly after the procedure.

Benefits of spaying and neutering

Besides making sure your pet doesn’t bring any unwanted offspring into the world, there are a number of other benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered. Some benefits are:

  • Preventing females from coming into season which can result in receiving attention from the male of the species and, subsequently, pregnancy. Females can also be messy when they come into season so spaying would prevent this.
  • Lowering the risk of diseases such as cancer, as well as infections.
  • Preventing urine marking and roaming in male dogs and cats, helping to make sure your pet doesn’t go missing.
  • Reducing aggressive behaviour in male animals which is often driven by hormones.
  • Preventing the birth of offspring with birth defects as a result of pets from the same litter mating.
  • Veterinary fees could start to pile up, not only during your pet’s pregnancy, but also once the offspring are born.

When should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

Contrary to some beliefs there is no medical reason to wait for a ‘first heat’ before spaying or neutering your pet. It is most beneficial to have the procedure conducted in the early stages of your pet’s life. This will allow your pet adequate time to recuperate and will not impact its behaviour as much as the operation might if it was carried out later in the animal’s life. Consult your vet when you are considering having your pet spayed or neutered. They will be able to tell you the best time to have it done as well as fully explain the procedure to you.

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