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?
When 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.
- Royal Canin Neutered Dry Dog Food – for Mini, Medium and Maxi breeds of dog
- Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Dog Food – helps your dog to maintain a healthy weight
- Eukanuba Daily Care – Overweight & Sterilised – enriched with L-carnitine, which improves the rate at which fat is burned
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?
After 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.
- Royal Canin Neutered Cat Food – a wide range of both wet and dry food for sterilised cats
- Hill’s Science Plan Young Adult Sterilised Cat – contains an adjusted mineral content to support healthy kidney function
- Concept for Life Sterilised Cats – a high protein content and adjusted fat levels help your cat to maintain an ideal body weight