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The Benefits of Neutering Your Pet

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Why should I neuter my pet?

There are many benefits to neutering your pets aside from the obvious – an unplanned litter which will need rehoming!

Unless you are planning on breeding your dog or cat, we highly recommend that you get your pet neutered. The following benefits outline why it is so important:

Neutering can –

  • Prevent some forms of cancer from developing in your pet, especially those that affect the mammary glands, ovaries and uterus in females, and the testes in males.
  • Stop females going into heat
  • Stop males from straying in search of a female and being at risk of getting lost or killed on roadways
  • Decrease aggression and territorial behaviour
  • Decrease excessive urine marking
  • Help fight pet overpopulation. Millions of unwanted puppies and kittens are put down every year as a suitable home cannot be found for them

Will my pet gain weight?

It may be that you’ve been put off neutering your pet as you have heard that it can lead to weight gain. While there is a small risk of this occurring in some pets, a healthy diet and regular exercise (which your pet should be getting anyway) will overcome any issues and help to keep your pet fit, trim and healthy.

The operation

We make the operation itself as safe, stress-free and painless for your pet as we can. As far as operations go, neutering is a very straightforward process. Our nurses will give you a thorough behind-the-scenes explanation of what the operation will entail, and will readily answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have.

Your pet will usually go home with you the same day, and should be feeling fully recovered and back to normal within 2 to 3 days. We’ll ask you to bring them back in to us at this point, just so that we can check they are recovering well.

Keyhole surgery for female dogs

We are able to offer keyhole surgery for bitch spays at several of our Medivet clinics. Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery is minimally invasive to your dog. We only make a very small incision and then insert a laparoscope (a thin tube with a camera and light on the end of it) inside your dog to perform the surgery. Images from the camera are relayed onto a screen, so that we can see inside your dog without having to make a large incision. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery are:

  • A shorter recovery time
  • Less pain post-operation
  • Significantly reduced scarring

To find out if your local branch offers laparoscopic surgery, use our online practice finder.

If you have a pet that needs neutering, why not come in and see us? Use our online practice finder to search for your local clinic.

Don’t forget that if you have signed up to the Medivet Healthcare Plan (MHP), your pet is automatically eligible for 10% off neutering procedures! 

Posted September 29, 2015 by Sarah Allen in Preventative Healthcare

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