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Why neuter?

Neutering (spaying, castration) is carried out for a variety of reasons in cats, dogs and smaller pets such as rabbits or guinea pigs. In all species neutering is permanent and stops animals breeding. All neutering involves anesthesia but it is straightforward routine surgery on a healthy animal so the risks are negligible.

One of the main reasons neutering is so important is to reduce the number of unwanted animals. Merseyside has one of the highest numbers of stray, abandoned and unwanted animals outside of London. Every year it is estimated that 30,000 dogs are put to sleep as there are not enough homes. There are no figures for cats and small animals, but it is anticipated they will be higher.

Reasons to neuter:

Male Dogs

  • Prevents unwanted litters of pups.
  • Neutering can help with unwanted behavior. Such as mounting and hypersexual behaviour, roaming and escaping, inappropriate urination, excessive barking.
  • Neutering helps to calm male dogs down.
  • Health benefits include preventing testicular cancer and decreasing the risk of prostate cancer.

Female Dogs

  • Prevents unwanted litters of pups.
  • Prevents them coming into season every 6 months. Therefore preventing the mess of bleeding and stops male dogs from becoming a nuisance on walks.
  • Prevents phantom pregnancies, common in female dogs.
  • Neutering prevents pyometra, a common and often fatal womb infection. The more seasons a female dog has the higher the risk of pyometra.
  • Reduces the risk of mammary cancer. For every season a female dog has, the higher the risk of developing mammary tumours (their version of breast cancer).

Male Cats

  • Prevents unwanted litters.
  • Prevents them from spraying urine.
  • Neutered male cats are less likely to roam, get lost or run over.
  • They are less likely to fight. Fighting can lead to injuries and infections/abscesses and the spread of diseases such as FIV (Feline Aids) and leukaemia.

Female Cats

  • Prevents unwanted litters. It is difficult to tell when a cat is in season and they can produce up to 3 litters a year of up to 10 kittens.
  • Neutering prevents pyometra, a common and often fatal womb infection. The more seasons a female cat has the higher the risk of pyometra.
  • Reduces the risk of mammary cancer. For every season a female cat has, the higher the risk of developing mammary tumours (their version of breast cancer).
  • They are less likely to fight. Fighting can lead to injuries and infections/abscesses and the spread of diseases such as FIV (Feline Aids) and leukaemia.
  • Neutered male cats are less likely to roam, get lost or run over.

Male Rabbits

  • Rabbits are highly social animals and should live in pairs. A neutered male rabbit will live happily with a neutered female. A solitary rabbit is a miserable rabbit!
  • Prevents fighting with other rabbits.
  • Prevents unwanted litters.
  • Prevents aggressive and territorial behaviour towards other rabbits and owners!
  • Prevents urine spraying.
  • Prevents testicular tumours.

Female Rabbits

  • Rabbits are highly social animals and should live in pairs. A neutered female rabbit will live happily with a neutered male. A solitary rabbit is a miserable rabbit!
  • Prevents fighting with other rabbits.
  • Prevents unwanted litters.
  • Neutering prevents pyometra, a common and often fatal womb infection.
  • Prevents uterine tumours. 80% of rabbits over 5 years old will develop uterine tumours.
  • Prevents ovarian tumours, a common and fatal cancer in older female rabbits.
  • Prevents phantom pregnancies.
  • Prevents aggressive and territorial behaviour towards other rabbits and owners!

Ferrets and Guinea Pigs

  • We also offer reduced cost neutering for ferrets and male guinea pigs. Please contact us for more information.
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