Spaying is a general term used to describe the removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female animal.Neutering is a general term used to describe the castration of a male animal. However, neutering is often used in reference to both genders. The surgical procedure, performed by a veterinarian, renders the animal incapable of reproducing. Here are answers to some questions you may have about this beneficial procedure.
What are some of the health and behavioral benefits?
Through neutering, you can help your dog live a happier, healthier, longer life.
Spaying a female dog eliminates the messiness associated with the heat cycle.
Neutering of male dogs can prevent certain undesirable sexual behaviors, such as urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to roam.
If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are neutered.
A long-term benefit of spaying and neutering is improved health for both cats and dogs. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumours.
Can’t I allow my purebred dog to have just one litter?
Mixed breed or purebred — there just aren’t enough good homes. Purebred animals also often end up in shelters. In fact, 25 percent of shelter dogs are purebreds. Responsible purebred breeders have homes for their potential litters before they breed.
If I find homes for my pet’s litters, then I won’t contribute to the problem, right?
Wrong. Only a finite number of people want pets. So every home you find for your pet’s offspring takes away a home from a loving animal already at a shelter.
Neutering can even be for free.
Call Dogs Trust Malta on 7771100 to see if you are eligible for free neutering.