Neutering

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Neutering is the term used for the surgical removal of the reproductive organs in both male and female dogs. Castration is the term used for removal of the testicles in male animals and spaying is the term for removal of the uterus and ovaries in females.

Dogs

We strongly recommend spaying bitches if you do not plan to breed from them. Not only will this eliminate the risk of unwanted pregnancies but it will significantly reduce the risk of potentially life threatening conditions, such as pyometra (an infection of the uterus) and some forms of cancer. Spaying also prevents the mess and inconvenience of having a bitch in season. We generally advise that bitches are spayed 3 months after their first season if you are sure you do not plan to breed from them. Bitches can be spayed prior to their first season, although this may increase the risk of developing urinary incontinence later in life. For older bitches, spaying can be performed 12 weeks after they finish a season

Castration in dogs can be performed from 6 months of age. The main benefit of castration is that it can reduce hormone related behavioural problems such as hypersexuality, aggression, destructive tendencies and wandering behaviour. It will also reduce the risk of prostatic disease and testicular cancer later in life.

Cats

We strongly recommend that both male and female cats are neutered from 6 months of age. This is especially important if they go outdoors as female cats are likely to become pregnant very soon after 6 months of age. Male cats should be neutered to reduce the risk of fighting and fighting related disease such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Cat Aids) and Feline Leukaemia Virus. Castrating male cats will also reduce hormonal behaviour such as territory marking by urine spraying.

Rabbits

Female rabbits should be neutered from 5 months of age to prevent unwanted pregnancies, if being kept in mixed sex groups. Female rabbits are also particularly prone to cancer of the uterus so early spaying eliminates this risk. Male rabbits can be neutered from 5 months of age to avoid hormonal related behavioural traits.

We offer routine spaying and castration in dogs, cats and rabbits Monday to Friday please contact the surgery for further information.