Neutering

What is neutering

Neutering in male dogs and cats is known as castration which prevents the production of sperm and testosterone through the removal of the testicles.

Neutering in female cats and dogs is known as spaying. During the procedure the ovaries and uterus are removed. Key-hole surgery can be offered as an alternative to the standard surgery. It is more beneficial for your pet as it is less invasive, resulting in a faster recovery time.

When should your pet be neutered?

It is recommended that cats and dogs are neutered at around four months of age, before they reach puberty and after they have completed their primary vaccination course. Bitches should be spayed 3 months after their first season.

What are the benefits?

Castration and spaying prevents unplanned litters, preventing you from having to find a home for many kittens and puppies! 

Castrating prevents males from urine marking and exhibiting unacceptable sexual and social behaviours. The risk of your dog or cat developing prostatic diseases is also greatly reduced.

Spaying is the greatest method of birth control and removes the inconvenience of dealing with a bitch “in season” and a female cat “in heat.”

What are the risks?

There are a number of side-effects that can occur during surgery, which includes complications from general anesthetic. However, these side-effects are rare. 

It is important to know that the procedures are permanent, meaning you will need to decide if neutering is what you definitely want for your pet before going through with the surgery.

If you have any other questions, our vets and nurses are always happy to elaborate on the procedure in order to ensure you make the best and most informed decision possible for your pet!