Neutering and Spaying
- Neutering your male pet before they reach 6 months of age will prevent them from developing testicular cancer. It will also reduce the risk of perianal tumours.
- Spaying your female cat before their first heat will prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in 90% of cats and 50% of dogs.
- Male dogs in particular will go to extreme lengths to find a mate and have been known to dig under fences and escape properties. They also regularly get into fights with other dogs. Neuterindg removes most of this aggression and stops them from trying to run away.
- Females in heat can be very noisy and messy as they urinate much more often and aren’t too fussy about where they do it! With heat cycles lasting 4/5 days and occurring every 3 weeks during the breeding season, it can be a difficult time. Spayed females will not go into heat and so this problem will be eradicated.
- Un-neutered males also mark their territory by spraying urine and exhibit quite naughty behavior. Neutering them solves many early aggression problems, helps level their behavior and brings their focus and attention on to their human families. Neutering can also help prevent unwanted behaviors such as humping.
- If you have more than one pet, spaying or neutering can improve the temperament of an animal meaning that all of your pets are much more likely to get along.
- It shows children that bringing unwanted babies into the world without loving homes is irresponsible and cruel.
- Contrary to popular old wives tales, neutering or spaying has nothing to do with an animal’s weight.
- Neutering or spaying will also benefit the community as it will reduce the number of animals on the streets, particularly strays who are known to destroy property, raid garbage, destroy wildlife and cause accidents.
- With raising a litter of animals costing anything upwards of $200, neutering or spaying is a significantly cheaper – and easier – option!
Most animals can be neutered or spayed from around eight weeks of age and it is almost always better to perform the procedure before they reach sexual maturity/come into their first heat. However, we will happily advise you should you have any questions or concerns.