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Neutering feminine canines, cats can stop tumors

  • By Li Yeh and Liu Tzu-hsuan / Workers reporter, with employees author

Pet homeowners ought to have their cats or canines neutered for the animals’ profit, as mammary tumors are largely detected in unneutered feminine cats and canines aged six to 10, the New Taipei Metropolis Animal Safety and Well being Inspection Workplace stated over the weekend.

Individuals who should not have their pets neutered might face fines of NT$50,000 to NT$250,000 in accordance with the Animal Safety Act (動物保護法), the workplace stated.

Pet homeowners whose pets can’t be neutered on account of a medical situation ought to notify the workplace, it stated, urging pet homeowners to finish the process as quickly as attainable.

Animal Safety and Well being Inspection Workplace

The New Taipei Metropolis Authorities’s animal shelter in Banciao District (板橋) has acquired studies from pet homeowners that they’d discovered tumors within the abdomens of the feminine canines and cats they’d been maintaining, the workplace stated.

Veterinarians discovered that lots of the animals weren’t neutered and had a number of tumors forming lumps close to the mammary glands, they stated.

A seven or eight-year-old canine with mammary tumors would have a excessive survival price if it have been neutered instantly, stated Hsu Ai-ming (徐愛明), a veterinarian on the shelter.

Photograph courtesy of the Taipei Metropolis Animal Safety Workplace

Nevertheless, if the animal was aged 10 or older, its mammary tumors could be extra prone to flip into malignant tumors, Hsu stated.

Usually, when mammary tumors are detected in a cat, the animal might solely be supplied with palliative care, as its tumors usually tend to be malignant, she stated.

The possibilities of a canine creating mammary tumors could be lower than 1 p.c whether it is neutered earlier than its first estrus, the workplace stated.

The danger would improve to 10 p.c if the animal is neutered after its first estrus, 25 p.c after the second or third estrus and to greater than 80 p.c after the fourth estrus, the workplace stated.

Cats must be neutered sooner than canines, it stated.

The possibilities of a cat creating mammary tumors could be lower than 10 p.c whether it is neutered earlier than six months outdated, however the danger could be greater than 70 p.c whether it is neutered after reaching two years outdated, the workplace stated.

Eradicating the reproductive organs of feminine pets at any stage of their lives might stop them from creating frequent reproductive illnesses corresponding to pyometra, it stated.

In different information, the Taipei Metropolis Animal Safety Workplace stated that it rescued eight masked palm civets from Oct. 1 to Oct. 16.

Masked palm civets, that are omnivorous nocturnal animals, can usually be noticed in low and medium-altitude mountainous areas, the workplace stated.

The Council of Agriculture in 2019 modified their designation from “protected species” to “common wildlife” after their inhabitants stabilized, it stated.

Individuals who spot younger masked palm civets close to residential areas ought to chorus from approaching them and look forward to the mom to return earlier than driving the animals away if obligatory, it stated.

They need to not begin the mom with noise or motion, because the animal may abandon its younger and flee, the workplace stated.

Taipei residents can name the 24-hour (02) 8791-3064 (extension 5) animal rescue hotline, the 1999 (extension 4020) citizen hotline, or go to the workplace’s Web page (https://tcapo.gov.taipei/) if they’re uncertain cope with a wild animal, it added.

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