Thousands of animals are rehomed every year. If you neuter your pet, you can help decrease the amount. Here are the lowdowns and benifits when you neuter your pet:
-Female animals are spayed – this means the womb and the ovaries are removed.
-Male animals are castrated – this means the testicles are removed.
-Operations should be straightforward - they are carried out under general anaesthetic and animals usually recover quickly.
-Some pets may have a tendency to put on weight after neutering. This can be controlled by providing an appropriate diet; talk to your vet about this.
-Whilst some owners decide to neuter their pet for behavioural reasons (e.g. to reduce urine marking or roaming), it is not possible to accurately predict the after-effects of neutering.
Benefits of neutering
-Neutering has many benefits that apply not only to dogs and cats but also to other small animals such as rabbits.
-Neutering prevents female animals coming into season, when they may attract unwanted male attention, become pregnant or have false pregnancies.
-Neutering prevents the risk of testicular cancer in male animals and uterus infections and cancers in females.
-In male dogs and cats, neutering can reduce behaviours such as urine marking and roaming.
"In 2008 we neutered 87,105 animals"
(RSPCA Annual Review 2008)
So if you have a pet, it would be the best if you could get it neutered or sprayed. That way, you can decrease the death toll amount of animals that are put down each year.
Chart and table located at http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/general/neutering/-/article/CAD_NeuteringYourPet