Considering whether to neuter or spay your cat or dog? We examine some of the pros and cons.
Neutering or spaying your pet is a big decision. You should always speak to your vet before making it. They’ll be able to offer specific advice for you and your pet, and can discuss the costs with you.
Many people choose to neuter or spay their cats and dogs to prevent them having puppies or kittens, especially in females. However, it can also be used to curb negative behaviours such as aggression and sexual drive.
Whether this is effective, depends completely on your pet so you shouldn’t neuter or spay an animal to change their behaviour. It could even trigger behavioural issues.
There are, understandably, differences between neutering and spaying:
Once your pet has been neutered or spayed, they can’t breed. Spaying is a more complicated procedure, so females need more time to recover.
Neutering and spaying helps reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs that end up in animal shelters. This has become a concerning problem in recent years, with over 130,000 dogs arriving into UK rehoming charities every year .
If you would struggle to look after an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens, neutering or spaying would ensure this doesn’t happen.
The cost of neutering or spaying differs between cats and dogs .
It’s generally more expensive to spay a dog or cat – as it involves internal surgery – than to neuter a male pet .
One important thing to remember when it comes to cost is that if your pet gets pregnant, the costs are likely to be much higher than the cost of spaying.
The best age to neuter a dog depends on several factors, including:
As with dogs, when you choose to neuter or spay your cat depends on a number of factors:
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