Neutering is one of the most common surgical procedures that we carry out. Unless there are reasons why you wish to breed from your pet we recommend that you neuter your pet as soon as it is old enough.
It is known as 'castration' in males and 'spaying' in females.
The most obvious reason for neutering is to prevent unwanted pregnancies but there are many other benefits.
Castrated males are less likely to roam and get into fights and show less sexual and territorial behaviour such as urine marking or spraying.
Castration also reduces the risks of developing certain problems such as prostate disease, perineal hernias and some growths including testicular and perianal tumours.
When females come into season (known as 'calling' in cats) they are signalling their sexual availability to all the males nearby. Do not underestimate how stressful this can be - every nearby Tom cat makes a bee-line for your door and fending off the unwanted attentions of an amorous dog while trying to take your bitch for a walk is 'no walk in the park'. Bitches usually come into season every 6months but female cats 'call' every 3 weeks from Spring through to Autumn.
Spaying prevents pyometra which is a life threatening infection of the uterus. It is usually seen in older animals and requires emergency surgery to save your pet's life.
Spaying also reduces the risk of developing mammary tumours. If your bitch is neutered BEFORE her 2nd season there is very little chance of her developing these but if she is spayed AFTER her 2nd season the risk rises to 50%.
We usually advise neutering at 6 months old for both dogs and cats.
Your pet will be with us as a day patient - admitted in the morning and able to go home the same day. There is no need for an overnight stay. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about neutering and the best timing for your pet.