Neutering is when we remove your pets reproductive organs so they can no longer breed. It can also be known as “spaying” and “dressing” in female animals, and “castration” in males. We recommend cats and dogs are neutered from 6 months of age. Aside from preventing unwanted pregnancies, neutering has several other benefits.
In male cats it helps reduce wandering, spraying and fighting behaviours, and in females it helps reduce wandering and yowling. In bitches it reduces the risk of mammary cancer and womb infections, which can be life threatening, as well as stopping the hassle of “seasons”. While in dogs it reduces the risk of prostatic disease and testicular cancer.
Some people are concerned that neutering can cause negative effects such as weight gain, but by following the correct advise and diet we can keep your neutered pet happy and healthy.
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