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November 22, 2017

Neutering Pets

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Deciding whether to neuter your pet is an important decision and often worrying for owners. The truth is that the advantages far outweigh the risk of a general anaesthetic and include:

 

Bitch Spaying

– Prevent pregnancy, infection of the uterus, ovarian and uterine cancers and reduce likelihood of mammary cancer, all of which can be life threatening

– Remove inconvenience of a season and unwanted male dog attention

 

Dog Castration

– Prevent unwanted litters

– Prevent prostate disease, testicular cancer and perianal tumours associated with intact males

– Reduce certain behavioural problems

 

Cat Spaying and Castration

– Reduce stray cat population and transmission of serious diseases

– Prevent pregnancy and unwanted litters

– Remove unwanted behaviours such as spraying in males and calling in females

 

Rabbit Spaying and Castration

– Prevent various cancers

– Prevent aggressive behaviour

It is also important to realise that the myths associated with having the operation are not true e.g. animals do not put on weight unless they are being overfed, their personality will not change (as with the two lovely boys in the picture that frequent Blaircourt) and there is no medical reason to let a bitch have one litter before spaying. If you are not going to breed from your pet then we advise neutering them. We recommend spaying bitches at approximately 6 months before their first season to reduce the risk of mammary cancer later in life but if they have had a season the operation should be done 3 months after the season to prevent haemorrhage. Dog castrates can be done from 6 months, cats can be neutered at 6 months or earlier if felt necessary and rabbits can be done from 4 months.

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