Don’t put off hav­ing your pet neutered

Harefield Gazette - - RSPCA NEWS -

LIKE an­i­mal wel­fare and res­cue char­i­ties through­out the UK, the RSPCA Mid­dle­sex North West Branch finds it­self in­un­dated with un­wanted young pets. This hap­pens year af­ter year and is mostly down to peo­ple sim­ply fail­ing to get their pets neutered.

What’s your ex­cuse for not neu­ter­ing your pet?

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 or neu­ter­ing your pet will vastly im­prove your pet’s be­hav­iour and keep her or 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. Some of the most com­mon ex­cuses are: ‘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’ 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.

Ad­di­tion­ally there is now a lot of ve­teri­nary sci­ence re­search that shows neu­ter­ing be­fore any lit­ters ac­tu­ally re­duces the risks of some dis­eases later in your pet’s life.

‘It’s easy to find homes for baby an­i­mals’ is an­other ex­cuse we hear. 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.

Yes, it costs to neuter your pet, but then it costs a lot ot more to feed and care for a preg­nant mother and lit­ter of pup­pies or kit­tens.

Did you know that many vets of­fer a re­duced neu­ter­ing fee for peo­ple on low in­comes and if you live in the area cov­ered by the Mid­dle­sex North West Branch we may be able to help if you are on low in­come (in­clud­ing pen­sion­ers) or re­ceiv­ing ben­e­fits?

If you need help with get­ting your pets neutered then please con­tact the RSPCA Mid­dle­sex North West Brach for more in­for­ma­tion by phone on 020 8966 9688 or email us at info@rsp­camid­dle­

n HOME­LESS: Not hav­ing your pet neutered leads to un­wanted lit­ters

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