25f2f4455f1e78e6961a0a676e270154It is the surgical operation which removes the ovaries and the matrix in female animals (spaying) and the testicles in male animals (neutering). The operation can be done by any registered vet.

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It is the most direct and best way to control unwanted animal births and reduce the huge numbers of stray animals. In Western European countries, neutering/spaying is a very common method for this purpose, which can no longer be doubted.

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image5The argument against neutering/spaying is very common. However, think of a counterargument that we don't often think about: Don't we intervene in nature when we let our animals reproduce, giving uncontrolled puppy/kitten births that we cannot take care of later?

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dog-surgeonOf course! A vet can confirm that spaying female animals prevents breast and ovarian cancer as well as pyometra. A bitch that is spayed before the first oestrous cycle has zero chance of developing cancer later on.

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dog-elizabethan-collarNeutering/spaying in animals is a procedure performed under general anaesthesia.

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Neutering/spaying equals’ weight gain is a myth. Indeed, after neutering/spaying, animals tend to eat more food, and if the owner does not pay attention to this, then their animal may put on weight.

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In males, neutering is usually performed after the age of six months, and in females, spaying is performed after the first oestrous cycle (around the age of 10-12 months). However, it is recommended that you consult your vet for the ideal procedure for your pet, according to its breed, weight etc.