Benefits and risks of neutering pets – what is the evidence – Attitudes to neutering

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Attitudes to neutering

Published 26 November 2020 | Updated 5 January 2022

These papers report on research into the opinions of pet owners and veterinary professionals regarding neutering of dogs and cats:

  • Wongsaengchan, C. and McKeegan, D.E.F. (2019) The views of the UK public towards routine neutering of dogs and cats. Animals, 9 (4), p. 138.
  • Downes, M.J. et al. (2015) Neutering of cats and dogs in Ireland; pet owner self-reported perceptions of enabling and disabling factors in the decision to neuter. PeerJ, 3, p. e1196.
  • Diesel, G., Brodbelt, D. and Laurence, C. (2010). Survey of veterinary practice policies and opinions on neutering dogs. Veterinary Record, 166 (15), pp. 455-458.
  • Da Costa, R.E. et al (2021) Age of sexual maturity and factors associated with neutering dogs in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Veterinary Record, p. e1265.
  • Murray, J.K., Skillings, E. and Gruffydd-Jones, T.J. (2008) Opinions of veterinarians about the age at which kittens should be neutered. Veterinary Record, 163 (13), pp. 381-385
  • McDonald, J. and Clements, J. (2020) Contrasting practices and opinions of UK-based veterinary surgeons around neutering cats at four months old. Veterinary Record. 187 (8), p. 317.
  • Roulaux, P.E.M., van Herwijnen, I.R. and Beerda, B. (2020) Self-reports of Dutch dog owners on received professional advice, their opinions on castration and behavioural reasons for castrating male dogs. PLoS ONE, 15 (6), e0234917.
  • Welch, T. et al. (2017) A survey exploring factors associated with 2890 companion-rabbit owners’ knowledge of rabbit care and the neuter status of their companion rabbit. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 137 (A), pp. 13-23.
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