Don’t put off having your pet neutered
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 email@example.com
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