Should I have my Dog neutered?
Did you know that apart from preventing unwanted pregnancies there are many other benefits to having your dog neutered?
An un-neutered female dog usually comes into season (heat) twice a year. Seasons typically last for about 3-4 weeks and during this time she will become receptive to the advances of the male dogs in your locality. She may also roam - seeking a mate, and despite your best efforts accidents do happen!
Neutering (called spaying in female dogs) involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus under a general anaesthetic.
The most obvious benefit of being spayed is that your dog will no longer have to endure the frustration of coming into season or run the risk of a phantom pregnancy.
Spaying also removes the possibility of life threatening uterine infections (pyometras) and reduces the risk of developing potentially fatal mammary tumours later in life.
Entire (un-neutered) male dogs are often driven to distraction when a local bitch is in season. They may escape and may be involved in a road traffic accident or go missing permanently.
Neutering a male dog involves removal of both testes under a general anaesthetic.
As well as making your dog less likely to stray, it also eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer, reduces the incidence of prostate gland problems and can be of help in controlling excessive sexual drive and with certain behavioural problems.
Please don't hesitate to ask us for any further information on neutering your pet!
Should I have my Rabbit neutered?
Just as there are major benefits from having your rabbit vaccinated against infectious diseases, so there are also several benefits associated with having your rabbit neutered.
The operation itself, which requires a general anaesthetic, can be carried out from about four months of age onwards.
In male rabbits (bucks) the testicles are removed, whilst in female rabbbits (does) the ovaries and uterus are removed.
The most obvious benefit is of course that you can prevent unwanted pregnancies. Additionally, because reproductive organs have been removed, rabbits are protected from cancer of these organs.
Finally, neutered rabbits tend to be calmer, less prone to aggressive or destructive behaviour and can be kept in social groups without fighting.
If you would like any further information on the benefits of having your rabbit neutered, please don't hesitate to ask a member of staff!
Should I have my Cat neutered?
The mating season in cats usually starts in March and ends in September. Female cats are known as induced ovulators which means they will "call" (be in season) sometimes for weeks until they are mated.
Whilst calling the queen's behaviour changes. A few of the signs include her becoming more affectionate, weaving in and out of your legs, rubbing against you and shaking her pelvis. When stroked she will react by raising her bottom, shaking her tail and emitting a loud yowl rolling about on the floor. All this behaviour is normal however it is often mistaken as pain.
Cats can be neutered from 4 months of age to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. The mating season can often be fraught with dangers as your cats may fight, stray and put themselves at risk of infections or disease. This applies to both males and females.
If you would like to know more about having your cat neutered and helping reduce the rising population of unwanted cats please contact us to discuss it.