Pet neutering is a hot topic among owners across the UK with some non-medical theories and myths making people doubt the procedure for their dog, cat, rabbit or any other household pet. All Goddard Vets encourage owners to consider neutering their pets for a range of medical and behavioural benefits.
Pet Neutering in London
Neutering can have a range of health benefits for your pet helping them to live a longer and happier life. It can also help you in looking after your pet and the relationship you share. If you have any questions about neutering your pet it is important you speak with a veterinary practitioner before making a decision.
Goddard Vet Group offers neutering as a routine procedure at most of our practices. We have over 40 practices exclusively within the London areas to care for pets across the capital. Our highly-trained veterinary staff are excellent in caring for both you and your pet regardless of the nature of your visit. Many of our practices are also accredited as Cat-Friendly Clinics ensuring your feline friend is as comfortable as possible.
What is Neutering?
Neutering has become a routine procedure in many non-breeding pets. The small surgical procedure involves removing the reproductive organs of your pet for a range of behavioural and health-related reasons.
In male animals, this process is often referred to as castration and in female animals, it can be known as spaying.
Neutering your dog at a young age can help them to live a long and happy life. In most cases, spaying or castration can be done from the age of 6-months onwards, however, in some larger breeds, it can be beneficial to delay this procedure slightly longer. Your vet will be able to advise on the best possible time for your dog.
Cats can be neutered from 4 months of age after they have received their primary vaccinations. We advise neutering your cat around this time before they reach sexual maturity and unwanted behaviours removed by neutering can start to develop.
Benefits of Spaying Your Pet
There are numerous benefits to both owners and pets of neutering. Many of these benefits are the same across animals and breeds. These can be both in relation to your pet’s health and behaviour after the procedure.
In female animals, spaying can help to prevent numerous problems later down the line, one of the most common being Pyometra in female dogs. . Uterine infections and tumours are possible without neutering which can be harmful to the animal in later life and costly for the owner. The effects of this are better still if the procedure is done before the first heat.
In male animals, castration can also help to prevent a number of illnesses that can become common in later life. Testicular cancer can be a serious problem in older male animals, especially dogs. The chance of this can be significantly reduced with neutering.
In female animals, one of the biggest behavioural benefits of spayings is when done at an early age it can prevent females from entering heat. This can occur for 4 to 5 days every month during the breeding season for female cats and can bring unwanted behaviours over the period including excessing crying out and urination to leave scent even indoors. Female dogs come into season every 4-6 months and the season lasts 3 weeks, during which time they can be spotting menstrual blood around your house. Unneutered female dogs also suffer from “phantom pregnancies”, when they can become withdrawn, snappy and start to produce milk.
Similarly, in male animals, the urge to breed can be removed. When female animals are in heat males will often go to server lengths to roam and find a mate. Males that are castrated have much less of an urge to roam around the local area. Not only does this eliminate the often creative ways they can find to escape but it also removes the risk of your pet being outside alone, crossing roads or getting trapped.