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Neutering

Unwanted litters can be costly to yourself, a risk to your pet's health and may put you in a position where you have to choose either to give them to a rescue centre or euthanasia for them! At the moment rescue centres are so full they have waiting lists months long, they are all struggling to keep up with the demand of unwanted pets. Neutering would help reduce the amount of unwanted litters and tackle the problem we have with so many unwanted animals.

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Unwanted litters can be costly to yourself, a risk to your pet's health and may put you in a position where you have to choose either to give them to a rescue centre or euthanasia for them! At the moment rescue centres are so full they have waiting lists months long, they are all struggling to keep up with the demand of unwanted pets. Neutering would help reduce the amount of unwanted litters and tackle the problem we have with so many unwanted animals.

 

Health Concerns

 

There are related health concerns in entire pets, which you should be aware of.Pyometra is an infection of the uterus which can be life threatening to female animals. The only cure for it is to be spayed as an emergency.

 

Mammary tumours are common in female dogs but most animals can get them. Often they are seen in entire animals but occasionally in neutered animals which were neutered when the pet was over 2 years old. Tumours can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumours are usually well defined in growth, with smooth edges that mainly grow in diameter. Malignant tumours are fast growing, they can often be fatal and invade surrounding tissue. The cells can spread throughout the body creating more tumours.

 

Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in the dog. Cats can get testicular cancer but very rarely. It is most commonly seen in older entire male dogs although they can get it at any age. Undescended testicles are 13 times more likely to become cancerous. Neutering can eliminate testicular cancer.

 

Entire male dogs can suffer with prostate problems. This can be very uncomfortable and cause a lot of pain for your dog. The prostate is an accessory sex gland, which secretes fluid into the urethra as sperm passes through. The prostatic fluid helps the sperm cells to move and keeps them nourished. Neutering your dog can eliminate prostate problems.

 

Entire pets can display unwanted behaviour. If neutered at the right time this behaviour can be stopped. If left too late the behaviour can be learnt as a habit and no longer hormonal, which neutering will not change. Male dogs and cats may stray, looking for females in heat. This will not only put your pet at risk of been lost, but also they are at risk of been injured, fighting or even killed in a road traffic accident. Spraying can be a sign of marking their territory. Usually this is in your home, on your belongings and can leave an unpleasant smell.

 

After neutering some pets can gain weight. We are not sure exactly why, but it does have something to do with the change in metabolism. Usually it is not a problem, as long as the owner is aware this might happen and is prepared to monitor their pets weight and reduce their food accordingly.

 

Some people think pets can become incontinent after neutering. This is not a proven fact as there are pets both neutered and entire which are incontinent. At the practice we neuter a lot more pets than we see incontinent ones. Incontinence is something to be aware of but it certainly isn't a major disadvantage and I would advice owners not to make a decision on neutering solely on this condition.

 

Pricing usually depends on the weight of your pet, especially with dogs varying so much in size.

 

These prices are correct at the time of issue(16/05/2016)

Dog castrate£132-£194 (includes post operation pain relief and a cone collar)

Bitch spay£141-£294 (includes post operation pain relief and a cone collar)

Cat castrate£49.96

Cat spay£75 (includes post operation pain relief and a cone collar)

 

If you are on means tested benefits, for example housing benefit or council tax benefit, there is help available from CPL. You will need to contact these charities before booking an appointment to see if you are entitled to the help, and proof of benefit will have to be seen by us.