NeuteringWe recommend that all dogs and cats not intended for breeding should be neutered at six months of age. Neutering is also referred to as “spaying” in females and “castration” in males. Once neutered, your female pet will not come into heat and will be unable to get pregnant. Similarly, your male pet will not be interested in finding a mate. Your pet’s personality will not change and neutering does not take away playfulness or energy.
Top reasons to neuter your pet:
- It helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation. Most countries have a surplus of companion animals and are forced to euthanise some of these animals.
- Neutering your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine chum will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, and your feline friend, 3 to 5 years.
- Neutered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumours/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumours, pyometra, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
- Neutering your cat and dog makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years.
On the day of your pets surgery:
- Your pet will be admitted into hospital in the morning, fasting, and will spend the day with us, going home that evening.
- Modern anaesthetics and pain relief medication ensure minimal risk and discomfort for your pet.
- Your pet may have stitches, which will be removed 10 days after surgery.
- Your pet may also have to wear a buster collar to stop him or her licking at the stitches.
- Your pet will make a surprisingly speedy recovery.