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Neutering, Chipping and Insurance


Spaying and neutering

This refers to the surgical sterilization of an animal. In other words, spaying and neutering ensures that your pet cannot reproduce.

Pets are typically spayed or neutered when they are 4-6 months old although the procedure can be done from as early as 8 weeks old through to adulthood. It is best to have this surgery done before your pet reaches sexual maturity. Females should be spayed before their first heat. Some vets will also perform pediatric spay/neuter. Please consult with your vet.

We all have a responsibility to prevent unwanted animals from being euthanized everyday, simply because there are no homes for them. Even if your pet has a litter and you find homes for all of them, each of those pets takes a potential home away from other homeless pets waiting in a shelter. But aside from this responsibility, there are also significant health benefits for your pet.

Benefits of Spaying

• Prevents pregnancy and the complications arising from pregnancy and delivery

• Eliminates the heat cycle - you won't have to listen to the sounds of your female in heat, trying to get out and find a mate

• Prevents unwelcome males from trying to seek out your female pet in heat

• Reduces the urge to roam. This makes it less likely that you will lose your pet, which in turn makes your pet less likely to contract a disease, get in a fight, get injured, or become a victim to cruelty, poison, or traffic.

• Eliminates sexual discomfort, distress, or distraction ... making your pet happier and more content.

• Reduces or eliminates the possibility of disease in the reproductive system.

Benefits of Neutering

• Reduces the distracting and destructive behavior associated with the male's efforts to get out and find a mate

• Reduces the urge to roam. This makes it less likely that you will lose your pet, which in turn makes your pet less likely to contract a disease, get in a fight, get injured, or become a victim to cruelty, poison, or traffic.

• Eliminates sexual discomfort, distress, or distraction ... making your pet happier and more content.

• Eliminates testicular tumors and reduces prostate gland problems.

• In cats, neutering stops or reduces marking behavior (territorial spraying of urine).

• Reduces the urge to fight.

Why Microchip your pet

A microchip is an implant that is inserted under the skin of your pet. The chips are usually very small and do not cause harm to the pet. They are very useful for identifying lost pets and strays, and settling pet owner disputes. Microchips are a great way to identify your pet they are very small and harmless to animals. The tiny chips are inserted under your pets skin and can be used to identify your pet and settle any owner disputes. Lost pets can be found and owner disputes solved by micro chipping your pet. A microchip is a small device inserted under your animal's skin at no pain to the animal.
Microchips can be very useful for animal shelters and pet shelters; if they can identify the owners contact details and contact you quickly then they have no need to house and feed the pet. This could also save an animal's life as some shelters will put down lost pets if they can no longer be homed.

If you want your pet microchipped but are unaware of the procedure then you should keep reading to get a clear idea of the process of chipping your pet.
The cost of micro chipping is minimal but you may want to discuss this when you arrive at the vets, you may also want to express any concerns to your vet about chipping.
Before a pet is chipped shelter or veterinarian does a pre-scan this will verify the pet does not already have a chip.
The chip is then inserted using a needle, inserting the tiny chip is painless and should not cause any unnecessary distress. Different chips are put in different places depending on the animal. Cats and dogs normally have chips inserted between the shoulder blades, where as chips in birds or smaller animals are put in the chest. The chips are not inserted too deep and can be felt by hand.

Make sure the pet does a test scan before you leave, this will ensure the chip is locatable and that it works and can be read correctly by different scanners.
Your contact information, a description and secondary contact will be entered into a data base to keep a record of who owns the pet. This will stop confusion and help locating a lost pet.
You will also be given a metal tag to place on your dogs collar, this contains the pets id number and sometimes a contact number.
If you pet ever goes missing you can report it to your vet and the database. Many found pets are scanned and the processs of your pet being returned will be quicker if you have reported that the pet is gone.


Pet Insurance

Did you know 1 in 3 pets may require unexpected veterinary treatment each year?

Whilst advances in veterinary medicine mean vets can do more for your pet, treatment costs can soon mount up.

Ravenswood Pet Rescue believes that pet insurance is an important part of responsible pet ownership allowing owners to go ahead with veterinary treatment at the earliest opportunity knowing that help is there for the unexpected costs.

It's important to be aware that not all pet insurance is the same. Some policies limit the amount of time or money that you can claim for. Don't just shop around on price alone. Ask the following five key questions so you clearly understand what each policy does and doesn't cover:

Will the policy cover my pet for on-going conditions (e.g. eczema) into its old age?
Will exclusions be placed at renewal for an illness that occurred in the previous year?
Will my excess or premium increase if I make a claim?
Will the policy cover: congenital and hereditary illness, hip-related conditions, dental treatment or behavioural conditions?
Is the provider a pet insurance specialist?

Click here to find out more about the different types of pet insurance.

Why not try before you buy? For 4 weeks free Petplan insurance simply click here and quote our charity reference number 1300046494.

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All our pets go with 4 weeks free PetPlan insurance and are microchipped and neutered before rehoming unless a medical condition currently prevents this.