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Pooch Picks – Spay Day
By Tania Marie de Saram
Neutering refers to the removal of an animal’s reproductive organs, which are the testes in males (castration), and the ovaries and uterus in females (spaying). Sterilising your pet prevents the birth of unwanted litters, which overpopulate the number of dogs ending up in the rescue system.
To avoid any potential issues, it is best to wait until your puppy has reached six months of age. Research has shown earlier spaying could lead to urinary incontinence, and hip dysplasia. There are many interbreed variations, but youth assists with the response to anaesthesia, and therefore recovery is faster with fewer complications.
There are numerous benefits to neutering your furry friend. As well as guaranteed birth control, sexually dimorphic behaviours such as mounting and urine spraying will be reduced, due to the decrease in hormone levels. Animals also exhibit less aggression, fighting, hyperactivity, roaming tendencies, and separation anxiety. Mammary, cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancers, in addition to pyometra, are prevented in females, in addition to testicular cancer in males. Risks exist with sterilising, as all surgery comes with the potential for complications: during a procedure itself, or through anaesthesia. Some animals may also become obese if their food level is not adjusted, due to the lower metabolic requirements of neutered pets. A small minority may also subsequently experience adverse reactions to vaccinations following sterilisation. Whilst the advantages appear to outweigh the disadvantages, it is always best to consult a veterinary professional to assist in making the right decision for you and your companion. ❤