Only 59 percent of Londoners and 55 percent of dog owners in Scotland have had their canine companions neutered, reveals a national survey.
The information has been released as part of National Pet Month (NPM) to remind people of the benefits of neutering their pets.
The survey data, which was revealed by NPM trustee the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA), shows that although 67 percent of UK dog owners have opted for neutering their dogs 33 percent have not.
Michael Bellingham, chairman of National Pet Month and chief executive of PFMA said: “This latest survey carried out in partnership with Dogs Trust really highlights that more education and awareness building is needed with regards to the positive impact neutering can have on our relationship with our dogs.
“National Pet Month is all about promoting responsible pet ownership and one of our Top 10 Tips urges pet owners to ‘Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate’.
He continued: “There are several very important reasons why pet owners should opt for neutering their canine companions. Firstly, neutering can help encourage good behaviour and lead to a calmer, more predictable dog, it can remove or reduce the risks of certain cancers and remove health risks such as pyometra, a potential fatal womb infection. Finally, the relatively low cost of neutering far outweighs the cost of unwanted pregnancies and a litter of puppies – an issue that has never been more important to address as rescue centres up and down the country are full of pets in urgent need of a forever home.”
The survey, which covered more than 2,000 people in February 2016, revealed that the top areas in the country for neutering dogs are:
- East of England 79 percent
- North East 75 percent
- South East 73 percent
- West Midlands 72 percent
- Wales 72 percent
- Northern Ireland 71 percent
- South West 69 percent
- East Midlands 66 percent
- Yorkshire and The Humber 66 percent
- London 59 percent
- North West 59 percent
- Scotland 55 percent
To find out more go to www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk and register as a supporter.