Neutering is another essential component of your companion’s healthcare, that is unless you are hoping to breed. Whilst it may seem appealing to have a litter, one must consider the hard work, expense and the reality of trying to home up to ten youngsters. You only have to come and look around Cramar Cat Rescue and Sanctuary to see the result of indiscriminate breeding; we are constantly inundated with kittens and cats that are unwanted.
Male dogs - Castration
Castration in a male dog can be carried out from six months old, it is a simple operation. Your companion will be admitted in the morning usually between 8.30am – 9.00am after you have starved him from 7.00pm the night before the operation. He will then stay with us for the day and go home somewhere between 4.00pm – 6.00pm.
We remove both testicles and he will go home with a small neat wound that will heal over the next 10 days.
Your male dog will benefit in the long run, he is less likely to feel aggressive towards other dogs if neutered, he is much less likely to feel the need to urine mark in your house, he won’t be responsible for unwanted litters of puppies.
On the medical side testicular cancer risk is eliminated and he is less likely to suffer with prostatic problems later in life.
Female dogs – Ovariohysterectomy (Spaying)
Female dogs like male dogs can be spayed from 6 months old, we will advise you on an individual basis as the best time for your dog. We can spay them before they have had a season, therefore eliminating the worry that comes with keeping your bitch out of harm’s way at this time.
We ask that you bring her down to the surgery at your allocated appointment time, which will be between 8.30am – 9.30am. You will have starved her from 7.00pm the night before. She will need to stay with us for most of the day and will normally be ready to go home around 5.00pm – 5.30pm.
We remove both the ovaries and the uterus and she will go home to recuperate over the next 10 days. She will have a small, neat wound on her tummy, and will be given some pain relief tablets to go home with just to make sure that she is extra comfortable.
The benefits for the female dog are numerous; she will not have to go through seasons twice a year and all the behavioural changes that can come with the seasons. You will have eliminated the risk of pregnancies.
The risks of mammary tumours (breast cancer) are drastically reduced and the sooner that she is spayed the lower the risk. Due to the removal of the uterus (the womb) she will not suffer from a life threatening condition called Pyometra where the uterus fills up with pus.
Male Cats - Castration
Castration in male cats is a simple operation; they do not need stitches and usually require a day and night to recover before they can be right back to normal again.
You do need to keep your cat in overnight and ensure that he is starved from 7.00pm and then bring him to us between 8.30am – 9.00am; he will need to stay with us until after 4.00pm.
Female cats will have a full ovariohysterectomy, like the male cats they must be kept in the house the night before and starved from 7pm. You will be asked to bring her to the surgery between 8.30am – 9.00am and she will usually be ready to go home after 4pm.
She will need to be kept indoors for the next 10 days so that she can heal.
Such a small operation can actually save your cats life.
By neutering your cats (both male and female) you are doing your best to protect them from Feline Immunodeficancy Virus (sometimes referred to as feline aids although it is not related to the human virus in any way).
This virus is passed through bodily fluids, cats that are more likely to fight, bite and mate (unneutered cats) are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Cats can then carry this virus with no symptoms for months, even years, passing it onto other cats that they come into contact with, until at some point the virus can overcome the cat and prove fatal. There is no vaccine or cure for this disease but neutering is our best defence.