Neutering prevents female animals coming into season, when they may attract unwanted male attention or become pregnant
How it can help
Neutering prevents the risk of testicular cancer in male animals and uterus infections and cancers in females. In male dogs and cats, neutering can reduce behaviours such as urine marking and roaming.
Unspayed female animals can be messy when they come into season – during this time, females can bleed for up to three weeks.
If your pet has a problem during or after a birth, vet fees can be very expensive. Offspring might need veterinary attention too.
Animal Welfare Act 2006
Owners have a legal responsibility to meet all of their animal’s needs under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Pregnant and nursing animals need even more care and their offspring will be equally as demanding. When the young are ready to be rehomed, you also need to ensure that they are vaccinated, wormed and flea treated.
You do not need to let an animal have one litter first. Pets can be neutered before having any litters.
Your vet will be able to offer further advice on the best time to neuter pets The RSPCA pledges include; ending the overpopulation of pets and ending the euthanasia of any rehomeable animal.
Neutering is just one way you can help find out more and take an RSPCA pledge today.