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Neutering

Neutering dogs and cats involves removing the ovaries and the womb from females (spaying) and the testicles from males (castrating). The surgery is usually performed at around 6 months of age, i.e before maturity. At this age the animal has grown sufficiently to cope well with the surgery and has not yet become hormonally active.

Neutering is performed for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, it is generally accepted that neutered animals are on the whole healthier; a number of medical conditions related to the reproductive system are common in older animals and both sexes, and neutering prevents these.

Conditions such as testicular and prostatic tumours in dogs or ovarian, mammary tumours and false pregnancies in bitches.

Neutering therefore has preventative, but also curative effects since it is the treatment of choice for some conditions such as pyometra (a uterine infection common in entire bitches), testicular tumours or prostatic enlargement (very common in older dogs)

Changes in sexual behaviour

About twice a year females come into season and attract entire males in order to breed – both sexes show great ingenuity to finding each other and figures have shown increased risk of straying and car accidents at these times. This behaviour is also likely to result in unwanted puppies and abandoned animals. Castrated males are generally less aggressive towards other males and urine marking, mounting behaviours and straying are greatly reduced.

Maintaining health after neutering

Life Long changes

The genital organs secrete certain hormones (oestrogens, testosterone). So, removing these organs inevitably causes hormonal changes, which can affect a number of functions associated with food intake and regulation. Increased daily intake of food will predispose your pet to obesity. Being over weight has numerous effects on health. It can reduce life expectancy and tends to make animals more prone to certain illnesses:

  • Mobility problems
  • Heart and Breathing problems
  • Increase in blood fats
  • Increased risk of diabetes
  • Poor skin and coat quality
  • Increased surgical and/or anaesthetic risk

There is a solution

Advances in nutrition now enable nutritional support of pets to help maintain good health with age.

  • By neutralising free radicals
  • By supporting renal function
  • By supporting brain function
  • By promoting a healthy coat and skin
  • By supporting the digestive system.

Royal Canin studies have enabled the development of diets specifically catering for the nutritional requirements of neutered dogs and cats through to old age.

For Dogs

To help promote a long and healthy life, Royal Canin has developed a product range that is perfectly adapted to neutered dogs and adapted to their age.

A unique nutritional range addressing the specific health requirements of each dog, neutered and un-neutered, according to their age and size.

Post Neutering

For Small Dogs
Nutritional Management of adult dogs upto 10kgs with a tendency to gain weight and have oral sensitivity.

For Medium Dogs
Nutritional Management of adult dogs between 11kg-25kg with a tendency to gain weight and have skin sensitivity from neutering.

For Large Dogs
Nutritional Management of adult dogs, with a tendency to gain weight and have joint issues.

For Cats

To help promote a long and healthy life, Royal Canin has developed a product range that is perfectly adapted to neutered cats and adapted to their age.

Diet can help support a long and healthy life by:

  • Neutralising free radials
  • Promoting healthy renal function
  • Promoting a shiny coat and healthy skin
  • Stimulating the appetite and limiting oral discomfort
  • Taking into account the elderly cat’s digestive sensitivity

The neutered diet range for cats has been specifically formulated to meet their nutritional requirements in relation to their age, lifestyle or sensitivity by containing essential nutrients to ensure:

  • Urinary conditions are unsuitable for the development of urinary stones in the bladder
  • Weight gain is limited and so reduces the risk of diabetes
  • Long and healthy life by protecting cells from free radicals and oxidation

The Royal Canin Neutered Cat Diet Range:

  • RCV Young Neutered Female
  • RCV Young Neutered Male
  • RCV Mature Neutred Cats
  • RCV Senior Neutered Cats

For further information on how we cab help keep your pet healthy and happy, please talk to a member of the team, or book an appointment to discuss health matters with our Nurses or the Veterinary Surgeon.