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Lost cats Brighton

Worthing animal clinic

Dogs blog (Rescue dogs needing homes)

Feline online (Rescue cats needing homes)

My bunny blog (Rescue rabbits needing homes)

Missing pet search

Our onsite behaviourist Jade with the lovely Doris, a dog recently adopted from us, who is now featured on one of our vans.

Advice for common dog training and behaviour issues.

Appropriate play

Barking

Bringing home a rescue dog

Chewing and mouthing 

Dog socialisation and introductions 

Enrichment

Existing resource guarding

Hand target 

Handling and equipment

Housetraining

Leave it and Drop it

Preventing Resource Guarding

Prey drive training

Recall

Separation Anxiety

This Way

Walking nicely on the lead

Keeping children safe around dogs

Keeping Children Safe and Dogs Happy | RSPCA

Canine body language

Understanding Your Dog’s Body Language | RSPCA

If you are struggling please contact a qualified behaviourist or trainer. Follow the links below to find out how:

Find a behaviourist:

Find a Clinical Animal Behaviourist | RSPCA

Find a trainer:

How To Find the Right Dog Trainer | RSPCA

RSPCA Spaying and neutering guidelines

Dogs:

Guidelines for dogs in our care. This is based on the RSPCA policy to prevent unnecessary breeding, but also taking into account the latest studies on the effects of neutering and spaying on health and behaviour.

  • Six months in bitches who are likely to be over 20kg when full grown
  • Four months in bitches under 20kg when full grown
  • Seven months in male dogs.

For owned animals (animals already in the care of an owner) It is important to discuss with your vet and a qualified behaviourist, when the most appropriate time for neutering would be for each individual.

There is also evidence to suggest that for anxious or fearful male dogs neutering may make their behaviour worse. For these dogs it may be more appropriate for them to be rehomed before being neutered. This would only take place after a discussion with a behaviourist and/or vet.

Cats:

The RSPCA spends considerable time and funds dealing with the welfare consequences of unintended or irresponsible breeding. Every summer we deal with a serious crisis of kitten and cat overpopulation and serious related welfare concerns. Neutering is therefore a crucial activity for the Society. Cats will be rehomed neutered in all but exceptional circumstances.

Follow this link for more guidance: Kitten Neutering Database (cat-kind.org.uk)

Assuming there are no contraindications due to health, cats should be neutered from:

  • Eight weeks old for cats in RSPCA care.
  • Four months old for owned cats.

Rabbits:

Rabbit Neutering is vital to counteract the overpopulation of unwanted rabbits and to safeguard health and welfare in individual rabbits. Female rabbits, in particular, have major health risks associated with not being neutered.

  • Males can be castrated from approximately 10 weeks of age, once their testicles are descended.
  • Females are usually spayed from four months.

Guinea pigs:

Neutering is vital to counteract the overpopulation of unwanted Guinea pigs. Neutering allows guinea pigs, which are social animals, to be kept in friendly pairs or groups.

It is expected that all Male guinea pigs over the age of four months should be castrated before being rehomed unless there is a documented medical reason. There is not an expectation that female guinea pigs should be neutered unless there is a medical indication (for example, ovarian cysts). 

Ferrets:

Neutering is important in many species to prevent unwanted pregnancy and to protect against certain medical conditions as well as some behavioural issues. This is also the case in ferrets, but the situation is more complicated than in other species such as cats and dogs. A vet should always be consulted to go over options for ferret spaying and neutering.

What to do if you find a baby bird out of the nest

What To Do If You Find a Baby Bird | RSPCA

Nestlings
Fledglings

Help and advice if you have found abandoned, sick or injured wildlife

What To Do With Injured Wild Animals | RSPCA

Living with foxes

Living with foxes guide

Living with rats and mice

Living with rats and mice guide

ANIMAL GUIDES

Gulls

Foxes

Hedgehogs

Bats

Rabbits and hares

Deer

Pigeons

Otters

Swans

Non-falcon birds of prey

Falcons and kestrels

Corvids

Thrushes

Mallards

Owls