Spaying and castration

Neutering of all dogs and cats is recommended unless you intend to breed from them. There are a number of benefits to this:

  • Health:
    • Prevents development of testicular tumours and prostate disease in males.
    • Reduces risk of mammary tumours and prevents life-threatening uterine infections in females. It also prevents phantom pregnancies.
  • Population control
  • Behavioural issues

We advise that dogs are castrated from 6 months old, depending on breed. Bitches can also be spayed from 6 months old. We generally advise that they are spayed before their first season as this provides greater protection against mammary tumours, however please feel free to discuss the pros and cons with the vet. If bitches are to be spayed after their first season, this should be done mid-way between two seasons (ie. 3-4 months post season.)

We are pleased to be able to offer laparoscopic (‘keyhole’) spays for our patients. If you would be interested in this please call us to discuss the procedure, as it may not be suitable for all patients.

Cats should be spayed and castrated at 4-6 months old.

Spaying female rabbits is also beneficial as it prevents the development of uterine cancer, which is very common in the older bunny.

We now advise against neutering ferrets as this causes adrenal gland disease – please see the ferret section for more information.

A vet must examine all animals before neutering if they have not been previously seen by us.

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