There are plenty of reasons and arguments for neutering your pet.
From preventing unwanted diseases to helping reduce the UK’s number of stray animals, if you have a dog or cat then it’s best to get them neutered.
Worried about the cost? There are a number of simple ways to save money neutering your pet. Here CashLady explores six of them.
Save money neutering your pet
If you’re on a low income and meet certain qualifying criteria, then you may be able to get your pet neutered at a lower cost.
Many animal charities offer pet neutering for owners who are on a low income as a way to help boost animal welfare and control the number of unwanted pets.
According to recent statistics shared on Vets4Pets, every year, in the UK alone, 150,000 cats enter animal welfare organisations and over 100,000 dogs are abandoned.
If owners have their dogs and cats neutered, this situation could be avoided.
Read more about some of the low-cost schemes for getting your pet neutered below.
#1 Dogs Trust
Dogs Trust offers a subsidised neutering scheme for dog owners of certain breeds of dog.
The breeds that it covers are those most at risk of overbreeding, abandonment and of being destroyed when left as strays.
To qualify for the £35 neutering scheme owners should be in receipt of means-tested benefit. Your dog should also be one of the following breeds:
Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Mastiff, Rottweiler, American Bull Dog, Greyhound, Lurcher, Akita, Husky, Malamute, German Shepherd, Samoyed, Jack Russell Terrier, Border Collie and Crossbreeds where the primary breed is identifiable as one of those listed will also be eligible.
You should also live in a qualifying postcode. Check the Dogs Trust website for further information.
#2 Neutering your Pet with The RSPCA
The RSCA offers pet hospitals and clinics around the country.
It aims to provide affordable care for pet owners who are on a low income. Check with your local RSPCA to see if you are eligible for low-cost vet care.
The charity focuses on basic pet care, which promotes responsible pet ownership, it’s services include:
Find out if RSPCA services are offered in your area on its website. Depending on where you live you may be able to take your pet along to one of its hospitals or branches – or one of its mobile clinics.
Even if it doesn’t offer veterinary services in your area, it may be able to provide financial assistance.
Contact the RSPCA for further information.
The PDSA is another animal charity that offers low-cost neutering for certain pet owners.
To qualify, owners need to be in receipt of eligible benefits and live within the postcode catchment area of a PDSA Pet Hospital or PDSA Pet Clinic.
Put your postcode into the website to find out if you are in a catchment area.
For specific prices based on your pet’s condition or further information please speak to your local PDSA Pet Hospital for more information.
Cats Protection offers a great value £5 neutering campaign across the UK for various postcodes.
To qualify you to need to live within a certain postcode and be in receipt of a means-tested benefit, low income, or be a student away from home or in receipt of a state –only pension.
Proof of eligibility will be required by the vet in order to participate in the scheme.
The scheme is available directly via the participating vets, contact details and further information can be found on the Cats Protection website.
#5 Your local vet
If you don’t qualify for any of the above schemes, then check prices with your local vet.
Some larger name vets offer discounts on neutering your pet at certain times of the year so it’s worth doing your research first.
#6 Your local council
If you’re not sure what low- cost- pet neutering schemes are running in your area, then your local council might provide further information.
Like the above schemes, it’s likely that you will have to meet certain qualifying criteria to qualify for cheaper vet services.