Generally, neutering (castration for males and spaying for females) is recommended in the majority of pets.
Neutering has many health benefits for your pet. It can prevent your pets from developing various, potentially serious health issues such as cancer or, for females, pyometra, which is a life-threatening infection of the uterus.
Neutering will also stop unwanted litters. Yes, puppies and kittens are cute, however, there is a cost attached to ensure they all get the best care possible. These litters could also add to already stretched rescue resources throughout the country.
It is important to discuss with your vet regarding neutering, to ensure your pet is the correct age and in a healthy condition to be put under general anesthetic.
- The average age of neutering a dog is around 6months. We recommend you talk to your own vet regarding the best age, so some vets may differ regarding the best time frame. With larger breeds, it may be recommended to wait until they are a little older.
- If your female dog has had a season, you will then need to wait 2-3 months postseason to have her spayed.
- There can be benefits to a dog’s behavior once neutered, however, this will always depend on each individual dog.
- The operation can take anywhere between 30mins to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the sex and size of the dog. They usually recover quickly but could require up to 2 weeks to recover. Your vet will advise on this.
- Cats become sexually mature earlier than you think. Females can get pregnant from around 5 months, so neutering before this is highly recommended. Litter siblings will mate if not neutered. We recommend you talk to your own vet regarding the best age, so some vets may differ regarding the best time frame.
- Males will be less likely to roam in search of a female. Un-neutered males will also be far more likely to spray, which is very unpleasant smelling.
- There can be benefits to a cats behaviour once neutered, however, this will always depend on each individual cat.
Every animal that WARS rehomes will be neutered or the new owner will be supplied with a voucher to cover the cost of the operation if, for any reason, the animal can’t be neutered before rehoming