ALL SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION
We are currently offering neutering for cats – Male £15/Female £25.
We have clinics every Monday & Friday at RSPCA, Strinesdale Centre, Holgate Street, Strinesdale, Oldham OL4 2JW. Please ring 0161 624 4725 to book an appointment.
We have vouchers towards the cost of neutering FEMALE cats worth £30. Proof of benefit is required. You can get them from our reception at The Strinesdale Centre, Holgate Street, Oldham, OL4 2JW. Tel 0161 624 4725 for information.
Our clinic appointments are limited, and we have a large waiting list for appointments. When a client does not show up for an appointment it not only costs the branch as it is a subsidised service, it also prevents another animal being seen.
Due to the multiple appointments being missed, as off the 1st November 2018 a £10.00 charge will be added to your account if you do not show up for your allocated appointment and will need to be paid prior to another appointment being made.
Any surgical procedures (e.g. neutering) needs to be paid for in full at time of booking prior to surgery.
Why should I have my pet neutered?
Neutering does have a number of benefits. Owning an unneutered female dog or cat can be very stressful when they come into season. For dogs, this can be twice a year and last for up to three weeks. During this time you are likely to notice blood spots around the house and particularly in the areas where your dog sleeps. A female cat can come into season multiple times during the year.
As well as the mess involved, your female dog may be pursued by persistent male dogs which can make walks very difficult. Whilst in season, a female cat is likely to attract unneutered male cats to the garden. During this time, you will need to keep your female cat indoors as if she is left free to roam she will most certainly meet and mate with a male. Whilst in season she is likely to constantly look for an escape route and could also be very vocal. A neutered female dog or cat will no longer come into season and so many of these problems can be avoided.
There are also some medical benefits associated with neutering. In dogs, castration removes the risk of testicular tumours developing and helps to prevent the onset of conditions such as prostate disease which is common in unneutered male dogs. In female dogs spaying can reduce the risk of mammary tumours and removes the threat of womb infections which can be very serious.
Unneutered male cats tend to be territorial and can be more aggressive towards other male cats which can result in fights.
From April 2016, every dog owner in England will have to microchip their animal under plans intended to cut a rise in strays. The microchips will be coded with the owners’ details and owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.
Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen. Many pets can be microchipped including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. Check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.
RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District Branch offers micro chipping for £5 for dogs and cats at the Strinesdale Centre clinic (Monday & Friday). Please ring 0161 624 4725 to book an appointment.
How it works – A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin. This gives the pet their own unique code. The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database, such as the national PetLog database.
Pets are lost without it
Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – microchipping can change that. While collars and tags can get caught or be removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively. Micro chipping is only effective if you keep your details up to date. If you move house or change your telephone number you must make sure that you tell the database you are registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details.