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Neutering a pet is a routine operation and one which most vets perform on a daily basis. For female pets, the operation involves removing the uterus and ovaries, whereas, in male pets, the surgery removes the testicles. The procedure requires minimal hospitalisation, usually results in little more than mild discomfort for your pet during the short recovery period and is widely recommended by experts in articles such as this.
Many animal rescues neuter the pets they re-home as standard, but if you are planning to adopt a pet which is still intact, neutering is one of the first things to be considered.
For many people, the decision to neuter their pet is one that is taken solely because they do not want to end up caring for a litter of additional animals, however, there are plenty of additional benefits that are worth considering.
Spayed female pets have lower incidents of breast cancer than their un-spayed counterparts, not to mention the fact that they will not be as prone to uterine infections. Having the operation done before your pet comes into their first ‘heat’ is the most effective way to provide protection from these diseases.
Male pets will also enjoy health benefits from neutering as it removes the chances of them contracting testicular cancer.
On average, a female cat will be in heat for four or five days every three weeks during breeding season. During this time they will often exhibit behaviours such a loud yowling and frequent urination, including indoors from cats that are otherwise house-trained. Spaying means that you can avoid these unwanted behaviours.
Intact male dogs can also be particularly challenging when it comes to their desire to find a mate. Some will dig under fences, attempt to squeeze through ridiculously small gaps and spend their time waiting by the door for the chance to get out. Not only can it be annoying to have to distract your dog from their escape attempts, but a dog which does make it to freedom can easily be injured by traffic or in a fight with another dog.
Dogs which have been neutered are often more focused on their human families rather than trying to find a mate, males in particular. Pets which haven’t been neutered often feel compelled to mark their territory by spraying pungent urine everywhere, including inside your house. Those which aren’t neutered early can often develop aggression problems as well, so getting it done as early as possible can avoid storing up problems for the future.
If any of the above considerations are enough to make you consider neutering your pet, then the idea of having to deal with another generation of animals trying to escape, marking your living room as their own and showing unwanted aggression should convince you. Even if you only keep them until they are able to be re-homed, a litter of kittens or puppies can cost a lot, particularly if any of them need veterinary care and many vets will neuter an animal for a nominal cost if you are struggling to afford it.
For many pet owners, there are also savings to be made on the costs of vet treatment for animals who are aggressive in competing for a mate or sustain injuries while roaming the neighbourhood in search of love.
Neutering your pet has so many benefits to you, your pet and the wider community: overpopulation is a huge problem amongst cats and dogs, and many unplanned litters end up on the streets where they damage property, prey on wildlife and are in constant danger.
If you need any further help or information regarding pet insurance and neutering your pet, please get in touch with Vetsure today. Our experienced team can help you.