Neutering

We recommend neutering your pet if you do not intend to breed them. We can neuter dogs from 6 months of age and recommend neutering cats before 6 months of age.

Dogs and cats do not need to experience a season or have a litter before they are neutered. Neutering can reduce unwanted behaviours (spraying and fighting in tom cats) and reduce or eliminate the risk of certain infections and cancers in later life.

Neutering involves a general anaesthetic and the complete surgical removal of the reproductive organs (ovaries and uterus in females, testicles in males).

We also stock a product which can be inserted like a microchip and will chemically neuter your dog or ferret. We recommend the use of this implant in FERRETS, as surgical neutering can increase the risk of adrenal gland disease in this species only. Please do ask if you would like any advice or to discuss regarding neutering your pet.

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Neutering Your Dog: The Facts

Your dog can be neutered from the age of 6 months.

Bitches

  • A spayed bitch is generally not attractive to male dogs and there is no risk of unwanted pregnancies.
  • More than a quarter of unspayed dogs will develop mammary tumours. Spaying before the first season reduces the risk of your dog developing mammary tumours to 0.5%, if spayed after their first heat the risk rises to 8%, and after their second heat 26%.
  • Spaying your dog eliminates the risk of pyometra, a life-threatening condition where the uterus becomes infected which is not uncommon in middle-aged and older unspayed bitches.


Dogs
  • Castrating your male dog reduces the risk of hormone-related prostatic enlargement and possible associated infection.
  • Castrating your dog eliminates the risk of testicular cancers in your dog.
  • A castrated dog is rarely interested in bitches in season, and frequently inappropriate territorial urination is decreased in castrated dogs.

If you are unsure about neutering your dog, we will be happy to discuss this with you and help you reach a decision right for you and your dog.

Neutering Your Cat: The Facts

Your cat can be neutered from the age of 4-5 months.

Queens

  • A spayed queen does not come into season and there is no risk of unwanted pregnancies.
  • Around 90% of mammary tumours in cats are malignant. Spaying your cat before the age of 6 months reduces the risk of developing mammary cancer by 93% and before 12 months by 86%.


Toms
  • Castrating your male cat reduces spraying and wandering behaviours.
  • Tom cats that are neutered early are less likely to fight, reducing the risk of cat bite abscesses and FIV infection, which is frequently transmitted via cat bites.
  • Castrating your cat eliminates the risk of testicular cancers later in life.

If you are unsure about neutering your cat, we will be happy to discuss this with you and help you reach a decision right for you and your cat.