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Desexing your pet

February 4, 2016

Did you know that in 7 years, an unspeyed female cat and unneutered male cat can produce up to 781,250 kittens!

This time of year, we see many female cats and dogs that have become accidentally pregnant and there are many, many unwanted kittens again this season.

The decision to desex your pet is an important one and can be the single best decision you make for their long-term well-being.

Desexing helps to:

  • Prevent unwanted pregnancies
  • Reduce influence of hormones on behaviours such as aggression, urine marking, territorial behaviour, fighting and other dominance-related behaviour
  • Reduce life-threatening diseases, including uterine infection, mammary cancer, testicular cancer and prostatic diseases
  • Prevent roaming and potential road traffic accidents

A ‘spey’ or ovariohysterectomy, is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus, while ‘neutering’, or castration, is the removal of the testicles. These operations are performed with your pet under general anaesthesia to minimise pain and discomfort. At MVS, we use multiple methods of providing pain relief and dissolvable sutures are generally placed, meaning they no not require a repeat visit for removal of sutures.

We recommend speying and neutering prior to the first heat, or before males become sexually active at approximately 4-6 months old (this will depend on species, cat or dog and breed). This reduces the risk of both medical and behavioural problems occurring.

If you are planning to mate your pet, please so some research and make it a planned event. We are only to happy to give you some advice in this area. As soon as the puppies or kittens have been weaned it is advisable to spey your pet, so as to help prevent the diseases mentioned above.

Please contact us to discuss speying, or neutering your pet, or with any other questions you may have on 07 888 8197.