Pet Health: World Spay Day!

World Spay DayNeutering your pet can have some seriously good health benefits! Read on to discover more…

What is neutering?

Neutering is a procedure that prevents your pet from reproducing.Your pet is put under a full general anaesthetic while this surgical operation is carried out. Male and female cats are usually neutered when aged 5-6 months old, whereas male and female dogs are usually neutered when aged 6-7 months old – this does vary with different breeds, so have a chat with your vet for the best time to neuter your pet.

What are the health benefits for dogs?

  • Neutering significantly reduces the chance of your male dog from developing prostate diseases and reduces the risk of some forms of cancer. Female dogs are less likely to develop breast cancer and fatal womb infections.
  • Dogs that have been neutered are less likely to roam, which means that they are less likely to escape or go missing.
  • A dog that has been neutered is less likely to be aggressive to other dogs and is less likely to be the target of another dog’s aggressive behaviour.
  • For female dogs, pregnancy and birth have various risks – plus, the owner has to be responsible for looking after the litter of puppies. Some dogs can have up to twelve puppies in a single litter, which can quickly become very expensive.

What diets do you recommend for a neutered dog?

RCMediumSterilisedWhen your dog has been neutered, their metabolism changes and they frequently eat more than they need, despite having reduced energy needs. To avoid your dog piling on the pounds, pick a diet specially for sterilised dogs or from a ‘light’ food range.

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What are the health benefits for cats?

  • Neutering your male cat significantly reduces the risk of the incurable feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Female cats are less likely to develop breast cancer and fatal womb infections.
  • Cats that have been neutered are less likely to fight or roam, which means that they are less likely to go missing, get hit by cars, try and escape, or be hurt in fights.
  • Neutered male cats are less likely to mark their territory with urine.
  • For female cats, pregnancy and birth carry significant risks to the mother – plus, the owner has to be responsible for looking after the litter of kittens. Some cats can have up to six kittens per litter, three times a year. This can quickly become very expensive.

What diets do you recommend for a neutered cat?

RCSterilisedAppetiteControlCatAfter your cat has been neutered, their daily amount of activity is often reduced, so the energy requirement needed also decreases. Neutered cats tend to also have an increase in appetite, so the wrong food can cause them to rapidly gain weight.To avoid your cat from getting a little chubby, pick a diet specially for sterilised cats or from a ‘light’ food range.

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2 Replies to “Pet Health: World Spay Day!”

  1. This blog does not seem to give due weight to the DISADVANTAGES of neutering, especially for male dogs, where the advantages and disadvantages are finely balanced. The cancer that it reduces is easy to treat, whereas it can increase the risk of bone cancer which is not. Research has shown that neutering increases the risk of obesity and diabetes, even with a careful diet, and it also increases the risk of cruciate ligament problems. Dr Ian Dunbar’s research indicates the it does not NECESSARILY reduce unwanted behaviour, though it will probably reduce aggression in male dogs (in bitches it can increase it). In bitches the health balance seems to be in favour of spaying, but the case for dogs is less clear cut. When I talked to my own vet, when my dog was a year old, she said there was no need unless I had behavioural issues, and two trainers I have worked with said the same.

  2. Hi Rose,
    Nice information about Pet Health & World Spay Day. Yes you are right, Neutering is a procedure that prevents the pet from reproducing and pet is put under a full general anesthetic while this surgical operation is carried out. Thanks for sharing.

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