RSPCA - Neutering Your Pet


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Neutering can help reduce the huge number of unwanted pets, prevent illnesses and some unwanted behaviours.

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RSPCA - Neutering Your Pet

  1. 1. Neutering Your Pet
  2. 2. Neutering lowdownNeutering can help reduce the hugenumber of unwanted pets, preventillnesses and some unwantedbehaviours.• Female animals are spayed – this means the womb and the ovaries are removed.• Male animals are castrated – this means the testicles are removed.
  3. 3. Neutering lowdown• Operations should be straightforward - they are carried out under general anaesthetic and animals usually recover quickly.• Neutering shouldn’t mean that your pets will put on weight- your vet will be able to offer appropriate advice on diet following the operation.
  4. 4. Benefits of neutering Neutering has many benefits that apply not only to dogs and cats but also to other small animals such as rabbits and ferrets. Neutering prevents female animals coming into season, whenthey may attract unwanted male attention, become pregnant or have false pregnancies.
  5. 5. Benefits of neuteringNeutering prevents the risk of testicular cancer in male animals and uterus infections and cancers in females. In male dogs and cats, neutering canreduce behaviours such as urine marking and roaming. Unspayed female animals can be messywhen they come into season - during thistime, females can bleed for up to three weeks.
  6. 6. Benefits of neutering Animals don’t respect family relationships - siblings will mate.This increases the risk of offspring being born with birth defects and deformities. If animals are neutered, this reduces the risk of them being stolen for breeding.If an unneutered pet becomes pregnant and there is a problem during or after the birth, vet fees can be very expensive. Offspring might need veterinary attention too.
  7. 7. Benefits of neuteringOwners have a legal responsibility to meet all of their animal’sneeds under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Pregnant and nursinganimals need even more care and their offspring will be equally as demanding. When the young are ready to be rehomed, youalso need to ensure that they are vaccinated, wormed and flea treated, which you will also need to be able to afford. In 2011 we neutered 82,812 animals
  8. 8. Talk to your vet • You do not need to let an animal have one litter first. Pets can be neutered before having any litters. • Your vet will be able to offer further advice on the best time to neuter your pet.• Check the cost with your vet. This will depend on the species, size and sex of your pet.
  9. 9. Benefits of neutering More information Case studies Read about just some of the abandoned young animals from unwanted litters. Our pledgesWe have launched five pledges to improve the lives of animals in England and Wales over the next five years.
  10. 10. For more information visit the RSPCAThank You