Neutering your Pet can prevent some serious health problems and provide you with peace of mind.
Certain behavioural problems may also be improved by neutering.
So remember Pets which are spayed lead longer, healthier lives.
So what are the advantages of Neutering?
Spaying at an early age (6 months) reduces the chances of developing breast (mammary) cancer, as well as helping to eliminate the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer, and uterine infection.
One of the most obvious advantages of spaying your bitch is that she wont be coming into season, This means no bleeding or mess associated with your dog being in heat and no unwanted litters.
For a cat, it means not having to tolerate the unpleasant behaviours that your cat exhibits whilst being in season “calling”. These include loud and frequent vocalization, which can disrupt the entire household, pacing, and urine marking in your home.
Unneutered female cats will also attract uncastrated tomcats from afar who may yowl incessantly.
Unspayed female cats can come into “heat” for several days every few weeks. This behaviour can be a deciding factor for cat owners when considering whether or not to spay their female cat.
Unplanned pregnancy can risk your Pets health, as well as producing offspring that need homes and incur a large cost.
Castrating your male dog will prevent testicular tumours and might reduce the risk of prostatic infections. It decreases the possibility of perianal tumours and hernias, which are commonly observed in older, un-neutered dogs.
Castration may reduce the aggressive impulses of your dog, and thus decreases the likelihood of injury due to fighting, although this will depend on when your dog was castrated and individual personality.
Castration will certainly help prevent your pet from roaming in search of females and may also improve the inappropriate behaviours such as territory marking or trying to mate with objects/humans.
Effects of castration on behaviour may reduce the older the dog becomes so consider neutering your puppy at an early age, before the effects of testosterone are irreversible.
At What age should my Pet be Neutered?
We usually neuter dogs and cats at 6 months of age, however it is never too late to have your pet neutered.
Will my Dog or Cat become fat and lazy?
Neutering may diminish your pet’s natural tendency to wander, but will not effect their overall activity levels.
Neutered Pets have a slightly reduced calorie requirement that should be taken into account when feeding; however weight gain after neutering can usually be attributed to a lack of exercise and overfeeding.
Neutering your rabbit or guinea pig
It is important to get your rabbit spayed or neutered.
Rabbits reproduce much faster than cats and dogs.
The female rabbit will stand for the male at any time of the year and will start breeding from 5to 6 months of age and continue to 4 years of age.
The gestation period of a rabbit is 31 days and can result in up to 12 in a litter; these females can become pregnant again within a few days of giving birth.
Rabbits are social creatures and enjoy company so in order for them to have a playmate of either sex they should be spayed or neutered to avoid reproduction or aggressive behaviour triggered by hormones
The benefits of spaying or neutering your rabbit.
Altered rabbits live longer and healthier lives
Spayed females risks of ovarian, uterine or mammary cancer are virtually eliminated
Neutered males wont have the surge of hormones, which leads them to fight and injuries, and castration will reduce the risk of prostatic and testicular cancer.
Neutering makes them better pets, they are more sociable and easier to handle.
Neutered rabbits are less prone to chewing and digging.
Females can be spayed as soon as they mature usually around 4 to 6 months and males can be castrated as soon as the testicles descend which is usually around 3 to 5 months.