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To spay or not to spay, that is the question. Well, it’s not quite Shakespeare and it’s not an issue that will have bothered the great man himself.

But for many pet owners, it is. Spaying (female animals) or neutering (male animals) your cat or dog is a personal decision but it is something that every owner should give serious consideration to.

In a country overrun with unwanted dogs and cats, unless you’re planning on breeding from your pet, it does makes sense.

It’s a staggering fact that just one unneutered female cat could produce up to 18 kittens a year. If those animals aren’t spayed or neutered, that could spiral into a whopping 20,000 descendants over five years.

Animal charity the Blue Cross has some useful advice on the reasons for neutering your animal here.

What’s the right age?

Although most pet owners opt to neuter or spay their pets, there is a common question that crops up – when is the best age for the operation to happen?

Veterinary professionals have dismissed the claim that your pet should have a litter but if you are in any doubt, arrange a consultation with your own vet who can advise.

There are many health benefits for your animal, as well as curbing the more anti social aspects of behaviour that entire male dogs and cats will demonstrate!

If the cost of the operation is putting you off, many charities such as the Dog’s Trust, RSPCA, and Cats Protection run campaigns offering free or very low cost neutering in a bid to combat the growing number of unwanted pets.

The debate on spaying and neutering
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