Sunday, January 24, 2010

Neutering is for the Best

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:

Neutering lowdown

-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.


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Eldarwen said...

Well, I agree with you... to an extent. If you always neuter/spade your pet, then how does the world receive more of those animals? What if you're in a (healthy) breeding company and (taking care of them correctly and feeding them properly) you're selling them to make money (but not illegally, and all the jazz)??? Are *you* saying this is wrong? Because my dad is out of the job right now (he has lesions in his brain and spine, therefore he can't walk all the time, see correctly, etc.) and I was talking to my parents about breeding border collies. We need a dog to protect our chickens, and it would be a good way to make a little money (of course, I'd give it all to them and use the money I've saved to buy food and the necessary things to take care of them properly). Like, what I'm saying is: is this "wrong"?

Anonymous said...

I agree, Eldarwen. Household pets are one thing, proper breeding is another.

Eldarwen said...

Thanks, Olive! Just what I was trying to say... =)

Catherine said...

I got my dog netured because he just kept running away and we were afraid he would find another female dog. He also is very territorial and marks his borders (garden). I think neutering my dog was the best way to go.

Amy♪ said...

NO, I'm just saying that it would be better if pets were bred only... Oh never mind....

alina said...

Oh and by the way, I'm a vegetarian! I LOVE animals so much.

Brooke said...

Eldarwin, I am more than sure she's saying that those dumb backyard breeders need to stop stupidly doing that. Do you even KNOW how many pets are in shelters? I think that for about one year people should just stop breeding animals and sell what we have in shelters.

The world would be better off without all the sad pets in the world-we need to find them homes and stop all of the backyard breeders.

Cute Cockapoos said...

She's not saying ALL animals should be neutered, but if their owner isn't going to be breeding the breed, they should get neutered.