Neutering is a simple operation that prevents male and female dogs, cats and rabbits from reproducing by removing their sexual organs – this procedure is carried out by a qualified vet under general anaesthetic.
Neutering is the only humane way to reduce the amount of stray and unwanted pets that are cruelly abandoned or needlessly destroyed.
Neutering can also have lots of behavioural and Health benefits:
- Encourages calmer more predictable behaviour.
- Can reduces aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour e.g. fighting, mounting and being destructive
- Dogs/cats that have been neutered are less likely to mark their territory or stray
- Early neutering can reduce the risk of some cancers developing in later life
- Neutering stops bitches suffering from potentially fatal womb infections (known as Pyometras)
Most vets will neuter dog or cats of either sex from the age of about four months. If you need specific advice for your specifc pet then please consult your vet.
Cats and dogs DO NOT need to have had their first season or a litter before being spayed!!
Low cost neutering:
You can also contact the Dogs Trust who offer low cost neutering (£35) for people in receipt of means-tested benefit (Income support; Jobseeker’s Allowance; ESA, Child Tax Credit, Working tax credit; Housing Benefit; Council Tax reduction/ Council tax Support; Universal Credit, Pension Credit or a tenant of the NI Housing Executive) if your dog is one of the following listed breeds:
Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Mastiff, Rottweiler, American Bull Dog, Greyhound, Lurcher, Akita, Husky, Malamute, German Shepherd, Samoyed, Jack Russell Terrier, Collie and Crossbreeds where the primary breed is identifiable as one of those listed will also be eligible. Find out more on the Dogs Trust website
From the 6 April it became the law for all dogs over the age of eight weeks to be fitted with microchips. A microchip is a tiny, glass inert capsule the size of a grain of rice containing an identification number linking you to your pet. If the unthinkable happens and your pet wanders away then a vet, rescue centre or dog warden will use a small hand-held scanner to detect the microchip number. This number is registered with one of the microchipping companies when contacted, will check their database, confirm your contact details and you will then be reunited with your pet.
A microchip will makes it much easier to reunite you with your dog if it goes missing. Microchipping will reduce the burden on animal charities and local authorities and help protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership. If you have a dog without a microchip which comes to the attention of the authorities, you may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine!
Dogs Trust are offering free microchipping at a vet near you! Call 0300 123 0334 or visit www.chipmydog.org.uk for your nearest participating vet. You can also find out more about microchipping on the Warrington Animal Welfare website.