Castration is an act of love

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Many think that castration is simply a means of avoiding unwanted breeding, but this is only half the story

The benefits of castration go far beyond avoidable breeding. To castrate a pet is to prolong its life by safeguarding against illness and disease, such as breast tumours and pyometra in females and testicular cancer in males. With castration, the transformation in terms of aggression and territorial behaviour is significant, leading to a much more convivial and understanding coexistence with us humans.

Of course, avoiding unplanned breeding and reducing the number of abandoned animals on the streets is also a huge benefit of castration.

There are various places where you can have your pet spayed. It is advised that you always seek recommended practitioners and check that they carry out the procedure correctly. Vets, zoological centres and specialised castration clinics are the best places. Only qualified surgical vets are equipped to perform the castration. Don’t forget that your pet should go with an empty stomach, as they will need to be anesthetised before the operation, which in the majority of cases is quick and straight forward procedure.

Make sure that your pet is in 100% good health before taking them. Sometimes a small number of exams may be necessary before the surgery. Always check with your vet.

Post-op care is also very important. Always administer the prescribed medication and keep a close eye on the stitches to see if there is any swelling.

Avoid letting your pet jump up or any other physical overexertion during the first few days post-op. However, usually they start to feel much better within the first 24 hours of the operation.

And don’t forget: there are countless abandoned animals that need a home. Why allow animals to breed uncontrollably and create even more of these little creatures when there are thousands waiting for a chance to be part of a loving home?

Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the solution. Neuter your pet!

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Mariana Aidar

Mariana Aidar, 38, is a Brazilian businesswoman. She has rescued more than 350 animals from the streets, and was responsible for the creation of the “Tricolor Friend” project in partnership with São Paulo Football Club.

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