Females are spayed, which involves removing the womb and ovaries. Males are castrated, which involves removing the testicles. Neutering is the umbrella term for both sexes.
Neutering is always carried out under a general anaesthetic. Your pet will usually recover very quickly, and your vet will advise on pain management and caring for the wound. You can expect to see your pet return to normal energy levels within a couple of weeks.
- It prevents females coming into season, when they may attract unwanted male attention, become pregnant or have false pregnancies. Female seasons can also be very messy, lasting up to three weeks.
- It prevents the risk of testicular cancer in males and uterus infections and cancers in females.
- It can reduce your pet’s risk of being stolen for breeding.
- It can reduce urine marking and roaming in males.
- It prevents siblings from mating (they will, given the chance) – which in turn reduces the risk of offspring with defects and deformities. In rabbits, it allows both sexes to live together without risk of unwanted litters.
- It prevents unplanned pregnancies and births, which can be extremely costly and impact negatively on your lifestyle. Pregnant and nursing animals, and their offspring, require a serious level of care and responsibility as laid out by the Animal Welfare Act of 2006.
Although neutering is linked to weight gain in some animals, it is a situation that is entirely manageable and preventable. At Garden Veterinary Centre your vet will advise you on the correct diet and portion sizes for your pet; combined with the right amount of exercise, this will mitigate against weight problems.
This response is entirely emotive and has no basis on reality! Masculine brain characteristics are established very early in life and pets – dogs in particular – do not need testicles to maintain them. In fact, castration has been proven to significantly reduce the risk of prostate and other cancers, as well as aggressive behaviour.
Allowing a female to have one litter before having her neutered has no proven health or behaviour benefit. Unlike humans, animals do not have the ability to feel “broody”.
Not true! Personality isn’t just about sex hormones; you pet will be just as friendly, energetic and funny as before. Neutering can, however, reduce unwanted behaviours such as roaming, mounting, fighting or urine spraying.