Don’t put off get­ting your pet neutered

Lennox Herald - - HOUSE & HOME - Lor­raine Howard

New re­search from PDSA has re­vealed that 4.4 mil­lion pets are un­neutered, leav­ing them in dan­ger of life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses.

Vet char­ity PDSA to­day warned many much-loved fam­ily pets’ lives are at risk, as nearly three mil­lion dogs, 770,000 cats and 720,000 rab­bits are un­neutered, leav­ing them sus­cep­ti­ble to var­i­ous dan­ger­ous con­di­tions such as womb in­fec­tions and can­cers.

The char­ity’s vets are urg­ing own­ers to get their pets neutered – a po­ten­tially life-sav­ing, sim­ple pro­ce­dure that can help pets live longer, health­ier lives.

The PDSA An­i­mal Well­be­ing (PAW) Re­port pro­duced in con­junc­tion with YouGov, has re­vealed why pets aren’t be­ing neutered.

The main rea­son given by own­ers was Haven’t thought about it (22 per cent), fol­lowed by Don’t be­lieve in it (16 per cent) and Not got round to it (14 per cent).

PDSA Vet Re­becca Ash­man, said: “Sadly, vet prac­tices across the UK see the dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences of leav­ing pets un­neutered all too of­ten.

“Many can­cers can be pre­vented by neu­ter­ing, as can hor­ren­dous life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions such as womb in­fec­tions.

“As well as avoid­ing un­wanted lit­ters, neu­ter­ing can have many health ben­e­fits for your pet. It’s best not to de­lay – health prob­lems in un­neutered pets are more likely as they get older.

“We all love our pets, so it’s im­por­tant to pre­vent po­ten­tial prob­lems aris­ing when we can.

“I’d highly rec­om­mend own­ers speak to their vet to avoid fu­ture heartache.”

STAY HEALTHY Pets should be neu­tured

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