If you love your pet – and other an­i­mals – get them neutered

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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