Neutering

Dunelm Veterinary Group Neutering Service

Neutering an animal is the procedure used to surgically remove its reproductive organs. In males, this means the removal of the testicles, whereas in females the ovaries and uterus are removed.

Obviously, this means the animal can no longer reproduce and have babies. This could be a benefit you may wish to take advantage of as the animal's owner. There are, however, other benefits to neutering.

Stopping the Female Cycle

In females, it stops their cycle and so no further seasons will be experienced. 

Reducing the Risk of Mammary Tumours

In females who are 6 months old and have not had a season, neutering will dramatically reduce the likelihood of mammary tumours in the future.

Preventing Serious Life-Threatening Illness

Neutering (or spaying) females also prevents pyometra. This is a serious and life-threatening illness where the uterus becomes infected and fills with a bacteria-rich pus. Bacteria from this can get into the bloodstream and make your pet very ill, very quickly, with deaths being not uncommon as a result. Without prompt veterinary treatment, your pet will deteriorate quickly as a result of pyometra.

Preventing Phantom Pregnancies

Females sometimes experience false (phantom) pregnancies. A phantom pregnancy is thought to be caused by psychological imbalances (brain chemistry) effectively tricking the body into thinking it is pregnant, even though the female may never have mated. Symptoms can include: 

  • Behavioral changes.
  • May show symptoms of mothering activity, nesting, and self-nursing.
  • Restlessness.
  • Abdominal distention.
  • Enlargement of mammary glands.
  • Vomiting.
  • Depression.
  • Loss of appetite (anorexia)

Needless to say, phantom pregnancies can be very distressing both for the female animal and her owners. And they can recur, triggered by the female cycle.

Lowering Testosterone Levels & Aggression

By neutering males, you lower the testosterone levels. This will reduce behaviours such as mounting, urine spraying and some forms of male aggression. It is also less likely your pet will stray, as males have the desire to roam to find a female.

   If you do not intend to breed from your animal, neutering has undoubted health advantages both in the male and the female. As with all surgical procedures, it is impossible to eliminate all risks, however, Dunelm Veterinary Group are backed by a wealth of experience, training and qualifications, with a reputation that is second to none and we will be happy to discuss with you what the best choice is for you, your family and your pet. Call today to discuss your needs.

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