Improve your pet’s health and avoid those unwanted surprises
Neutering is the term given to desexing. It involves a castration procedure for a male, or a spay (ovariohysterectomy) procedure for a female. At Twickenham Veterinary Surgery we deal with many local rescues, so often see the desperate plight of homeless animals and the problems and sorrow that they encounter.
Our experienced team of vets strongly recommend neutering cats, dogs and rabbits, and castrating male guinea pigs and rats if they live with others.
Unless you plan to breed from a cat, dog or rabbit, it is essential to have your pet neutered at an early age to prevent breeding. Most females get worn out nursing their young and pregnancy itself is not risk-free. Neutering is a fairly simple procedure and as an operation carries very few risks.
A neutered animal is healthier, happier and more affectionate and undoubtedly will have a longer life.
Many people claim that neutered pets become fat and lazy, but this is not true. Neutered pets on average need to consume 30% less energy per day, so it is advisable to cut back their feed as soon as they have had the operation – this way they are highly unlikely to gain weight and become lethargic as a result of weight gain.
There are no undesirable side effects of neutering but there are many positive benefits.
Neutered pets tend to be more content and healthier, they are more home loving and do not have the tendency to fight or wander compared to unneutered pets.
Females are less likely to get mammary tumours, cannot get pyometra (an often fatal infection of the uterus), and in the case of rabbits, they cannot get adenocarcinomas (nasty tumours of the uterus which are very common in rabbits) if they are spayed.
Males are less likely to develop aggressive tendencies or prostate problems and cannot get testicular tumours if they are castrated.
We recommend cats to be neutered from four months of age, dogs can be neutered from 5 – 6 months of age (depending on their breed – we can advise you on this), and we castrate male rabbits from 12 weeks of age and spay female rabbits from 6 months of age.
Neutering is a simple, safe and cost effective way to promote and protect the healthy life of your domestic pet.