The importance of spaying or neutering your pet

Neutering your pet can help prevent illnesses and some unwanted behaviours. Here’s everything you need to know about neutering and its benefits for you and your pet.


Let’s start with a few basic facts about neutering; What is it?

  • Females are spayed- this means the womb and the ovaries are removed.
  • Males are castrated or snipped- this means the testicles are removed.
  • It’s done under general anesthetic and your pet should recover quickly.
  • Neutering shouldn’t mean weight gain your vet will be able to advise on this.
  • You don’t need to let your pet have one litter first – your vet will advise on the best time to neuter your pet.

Neutering has benefits not just for dogs and cats, but also for other animals such as rabbits and ferrets.

  • Prevents females from coming into the season, when they may attract unwanted male attention, become pregnant, or have false pregnancies.
  • Prevents the risk of testicular cancer in males and uterus infections.
  • Prevents cancers in females, such as malignant mammary tumours or Pyometra, infection of the womb.
  • Reduces urine marking and roaming in male dogs and cats.
  • Can reduce aggressive behaviour in mature male ferrets, as well as the smell often associated with them! (Neutering a female ferret can also prevent often severe health problems such as alopecia and anaemia.)
  • Reduces mess- unspayed female animals can be messy when they come into season, as they can bleed for up to three weeks.
  • Stops birth defects- animals don’t respect family relationships, and siblings will mate. This increases the risk of offspring with birth defects and deformities.
  • Reduces the risk of theft – neutering animals can reduce the risk of them being stolen for breeding.
  • Avoids expensive vet bills – vet fees for problems during or after pregnancy and birth can be expensive. Offspring might need veterinary attention too.

Did you know that we have a vet clinic here at CDCH that can help?


We offer a low-cost veterinary clinic for individuals in receipt of a means-tested benefit within our Gloucestershire and South Cotswolds community. As well as our clinics, we also offer support through neutering and help voucher schemes.


For more information on how to access our welfare schemes, to register for our services, and to see our full terms and conditions, please use the following link:


Providing these services to animals in need comes at a great cost to us here at the center. We need your kind donations to keep this amazing service running. If you would like to become a regular donor or even make a one-off donation, we would appreciate your support. Simply follow the link:

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