When your pet reaches young adulthood, it's always a puzzle deciding whether neutering dogs and cats is the right thing to do! By and large, unless you are breeding, it is an excellent idea to neuter your pet.
Let's take a look at the benefits to neutering cats and dogs, and what sort of costs you are looking at.
The Risks of Neutering Dogs
Some pets will have health issues that make surgery a risky proposition; but for any pet, an operation does carry some level of risk. If you are concerned about neutering and how a general anaesthetic is likely to affect your beloved pet, have a chat with your vet.
The procedure of neutering cats and dogs is simple, straightforward and effective - but it is always worth talking through any concerns you have before you go ahead.
Benefits for a Neutered Dog or Cat
There are multiple reasons to have a pet spayed; many of them are health-related and mean that your fluffy friend is likely to live a longer, happier life without exposure to severe illnesses.
Benefits for a neutered dog include:
- Eliminating the risk of unwanted puppies or kittens.
- Calming unwanted hormonal behaviours.
- Preventing attacks on dogs or cats when in heat.
- Avoiding multiple types of tumours and cancers.
- Removing the stress for your pet when in heat.
What Does Neutering Cost?
- Neutering a cat cost - typically costs around £50 for a boy and £80 for a girl.
- Neutering a dog cost - on average costs £100 for a boy and £130 for a girl.
There are also lots of neutering programmes offering discounted or even free spaying.
Neutering cats and dogs is a one-day procedure, so they can usually come home when they have come around from the anaesthetic. You will be given some pain medications while they recover, and often a cone to stop your neutered dog or cat from licking their stitches.
While it's never easy deciding to book your pet in for an operation, the benefits and protection for their future health are well worth it, and your pet will live a longer and happier life as a result.