If you love your pet – and other animals – get them neutered
THIS time every year the RSPCA Middlesex North West Branch, just like animal welfare and rescue charities thought the UK, find ourselves inundated with unwanted young pets.
This happens year after year and is mostly down to people simply failing to get their pets neutered.
One of the most important health decisions you’ll make for your pet is to spay or neuter them.
Neutering and micro-chipping are hallmarks of responsible pet ownership. Spaying—removing the ovaries of a female pet— offers lifelong health benefits. Neutering—removing the testicles of your male pet—will vastly improve your pet’s behaviour and keep him close to home.
Most importantly it means you or your neighbours won’t have to deal with unwanted litters of pets.
We hear many reasons from people, about why they didn’t neuter their pet. But there really is no justification. Here are some of the most common excuses:
“Neutering will hurt!” – The operation is routine and carried out by a veterinary surgeon under a general anaesthetic. Your pet may feel some discomfort afterwards but will be back on its feet in no time. What will cause more pain is injury from fights and the risk of being lost or run over as unneutered pets will often stray far away on the hunt for a mate.
“All females should have at least one litter” – This is an old wives tale. There is no reason for females to give birth before being neutered. Neutering will save you the trouble of finding homes for the litter, or dealing with a frustrated male or female in season.
“It’s easy to find homes for baby animals” – This is simply not true. Animal centres have thousands of unwanted baby animals looking for a good home. Young animals may have the aah factor, but many people don’t want to deal with veterinary costs and training involved.
These unwanted litters make it harder for animal centres to find space for the abused neglected and stray animals that desperately need a safe haven.
“It will change my pet’s personality” – Some aspects of your pet’s behaviour may change, but for the better. Many male pets will become more affectionate and playful, and early neutering will reduce aggressive behaviour and territory marking.
Also, as we mentioned, your pet is far less likely to stray.
“I can’t afford it” – Yes, it costs to neuter your pet, but then it costs a lot more to feed and care for a pregnant mother and a litter of puppies or kittens!
Did you know that many vets offer a reduced neutering fee for people on low incomes – and your local RSPCA may be able to help if you are on low income or receiving benefits.
Please contact the RSPCA Middlesex North West Brach for more information: 0208 966 9688.
n SAD SCENE: Rescue centres are inundated with unwanted animals when owners fail to get their pets neutered