Sterilizing (spaying and castrating) your pets

///Sterilizing (spaying and castrating) your pets

Sterilizing (spaying and castrating) your pets


There is no longer any dispute whether sterilization benefits cats and dogs. It does. If you are considering whether to have your pet sterilized, we hope that this article sways you in favour of the procedure. Below are some of the more important reasons why having your fur baby gonad free is better:


Sterilization of your pet is essential for good health, especially in the latter years of the animal’s life. If left intact you pet will become exponentially more prone to certain types of cancers as they age (e.g. mammary cell carcinomas in females and testicular cancer in males). Sterilization also discourages roaming in cats and as such, incidences of fighting and the resultant associated diseases decrease (Feline immunodeficiency virus and Feline Leukaemia being the most important).


Having one’s own animals sterilized prevents them contributing to the already staggering number of unwanted/homeless ‘pet’ animals on the street.


Certain unwanted/inappropriate behaviours that are directly linked to sex hormone concentrations in the blood are avoided by having your pet sterilized. Some of these behaviours include but are not limited to: ‘spraying’ in male cats and inappropriate aggression in cats and dogs.

Although the sterilization procedure is now considered a routine surgery in veterinary practice, it is important to remember (especially in the case of female sterilization) that the procedure does put stress on the animal’s body and appropriate aftercare is very important to ensure your pet recovers quickly. Such aftercare includes:

  • Limiting rough play/exercise and activity for a short time
  • Preventing the animal from interfering with the incision site (a head cone will accompany your pet to prevent licking/biting at the site)
  • Ensuring a high-quality diet is being fed and that there is always access to clean water
  • Contacting the clinic for any concerns or questions following the procedure

Complications for this procedure are considerably rare these days. But if the above aftercare instructions are not adhered to, such complications can and do arise. In the event of the any complication, it is best handled as promptly as possible.