Happy Monday readers!
Did you see our Vet Paul Manktelow’s article in The Times on Saturday? Paul will be regularly writing features for The Times and we will keep you updated on these should you miss them. If you missed last weeks article here is a summary of his personal guides and views on why neutering our pets is so important and should be considered by every responsible owner.
Paul feels very passionately about the effects unwanted or unplanned litters have on a system which is already heavily burdened. Almost all homeless pets will end up in being cared for within a charity system which is usually overwhelmed and in desperate need for more volunteers, more equipment and more donations. Why add to the already heavy burden of animals that are looking for, and desperately need, loving homes already?
Were you aware, for example, that one un-neutered cat can be responsible for an additional 33,000 cats in just 5 years. Many of these end up in shelters trying to find homes and sadly many healthy animals are put to sleep due to overcrowding or lack of funds to provide for their care. Paul has seen this far too many times within his career and finds it hard to understand why we are still having to do this with all of the information available to us today.
In comparison to our European counterparts, who have much stricter governances and controls regarding domestic animals, we in the UK have a larger problem with unwanted and homeless animals. Interestingly many European countries do not routinely neuter and for some it has only just become a legal practice. Until stricter legislation is put in place in the UK to govern population control, neutering our pets is the only answer.
Neutering does in fact benefit your pets health! It is proven that early neutering significantly lowers the occurrence of certain cancers (mammary, testicular, prostate and ovarian) and completely eliminates the risk of life threatening womb infections known as pyometras.
It is a common misconception that bitches should have at least one litter. This has no health benefits at all. In many cases, due to poor breeding practice, it can produce compromised offspring due to faulty genetics and the spread of hereditary disease such as elbow or hip dysplasia. The average cost of a litter of puppies, if done properly, will very rarely yield a profit.
Breeding dogs is best left to those who are strictly governed by the kennel club, this helps to ensure healthy puppies are produced and that overbreeding does not take place.