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The importance of spaying and neutering your pets

The importance of spaying and neutering your pets

Under castration (neutering) implies surgical removal of both testes in general anesthesia. It is wrong to call the sterilization (spaying) of the female as “castration of the female” because the term “castrated” refers only to the removal of the testicle.

Indications for castration

Castration is indicated in the prostate disease. Logically, castration is also indicated in diseases that occur on testicles, for example in testicular tumors. It is also done in order to prevent recurrence of certain diseases such as a type of tumor occurring around the anus) or a perineal hernia (a type of a hernia).

It prevents wandering, territorial fighting, and territorial obstruction. Males, especially those who often run, are the source of sexually transmitted diseases. In dogs, the most common infection is TVT (transmissible general tumor – type of tumor that is transmitted full-length)… In cats, a major risk is the spread of FIV infection through ulcer wounds (FIV is a viral, fatal infection, very similar to HIV in humans). Many male animals are fleeing from home because of the urge to mate and return with serious bodily injuries from other animals, from automobiles, and from humans. Some males never return from their wanderings.

Castration is done in order to control the population of dogs and cats. Owners of animals of different sexes of the same species, during the mating season, have major problems to prevent unwanted mating.

The impact of castration on animal behavior

Spaying and neutering your petsCastration is the surgical procedure that males generally tolerate and quickly recover from. Castration does not change the character and performance of an animal. As with sterilization of females, the only problem that can arise is obesity. The castrated animal metabolism is somewhat slower due to the lack of full hormones. However, if the owner controls his pet according to the advice he received from the veterinarian, the male will not get any fat. It is in the hands of the owner to keep the weight of the animal under control.

Castrated males are more specific to a particular territory and rarely come into conflict with other members of their kind. In the beginning, aggressive behavior is, in most cases, aroused by the need for a territorial domination. However, if castration is delayed too long, a modified modus of behavior and a bad habit can be created, which castration cannot solve.

Seven myths about sterilization and castration of your pets

Seven myths about sterilization and castration of your pets

The fear of sterilization and prejudice about it led to an excessive number of abandoned animals that are constantly living on our streets. The solution is in responsible sterilization and castration, so we bring you the most popular myths and the truth about them.

“My dog will become fat and lazy”

With a regular walk and controlled diet, your dog will not get fat. A pet will need fewer calories to maintain normal weight and need to be fed less – meaning food will cost less! And as far as laziness is concerned, it depends on his temperament.

“It’s important that a female cat/dog has at least one bath and litter”

One shot is only a higher risk of “unwanted pregnancy” because she will attract a big suitor’s pack. And there are no proven pending benefits.

“Castration is dangerous”

When done with a good and validated veterinarian, routine sterilization or castration is less dangerous than stress and the possibility of complications in pregnancy of your pets.

“Castrated dogs are not good guards”


According to the research, castrated dogs are loyal to their family and happier when they are at home. So, a bad watchman would be bad if he was castrated or not.

“But my dog is pure-blooded and special”

If you think your dog needs to breed for any of the reasons listed above, visit asylum. Look at many special, beautiful dogs and a large number of those pure-blooded. Most of these dogs will be killed. There are not enough homes for them. Every added home means that someone else will be left homeless.

“But my dog is a male”

Although females may have two litters a year, the male can fertilize even more in just one day! He can smell a fellow in the distance of four kilometers and will do everything to get to her. Castrated males are less aggressive, more obedient, and happier at home.

“I would not do it myself, and I will not do it to my pet”

Pet castrationAnimals are breeding just because of a pure instinct, and this instinct will only last at that moment. They do not feel deprived of their “masculinity” or “femininity” when castrated, but an uncastrated dog or a cat will feel very frustrated and become even worse when feeling a fellow in the nearby area. This frustration often leads to aggression and disobedience.