Neutering

Dogs

We recommend neutering your pet if you have no intention of breeding from him or her. For female dogs, this means they would no longer come into season or be capable of having puppies. Neutering protects them against mammary tumours if done early on in life and a condition called pyometra that is a life threatening uterine (womb) infection. We recommend neutering female dogs 2-3 months after they have had a season

Neutered male dogs are less likely to stray and will be incapable of fathering puppies. Castration has medical benefits for later life – it prevents prostate problems, testicular tumours, anal adenomas and perineal hernias. All of these conditions can be uncomfortable or painful, and some are life threatening and surgery. We neuter male dogs from 6-9 months depending on the size of the dog.

It is a myth that neutered animals get fat! Neutered animals may have different energy requirements pre and post op. This means they may need less food once they are neutered. Dogs only get fat if they are overfed and/or under exercised, not because they are castrated or spayed!

Cats

Female cats, once neutered will not come into season so will not “call” – this can be rather alarming behaviour when witnessed and they often appear as if in pain - yowling, rolling about and adopting an odd looking crouching stance. There are many unwanted and uncared for kittens and an entire female cat is capable of producing a huge number of offspring in a very short space of time. Neutered female cats are also protected against uterine (womb) and ovarian conditions including pyometra, cysts and tumours.

Neutered male cats are unable to father kittens and are less likely to stray, get involved in fights and suffer road traffic accidents. Fighting and mating in entire male cats increases their risk of contracting the Feline Leukaemia (FeLV) and Feline AIDs (FIV) viruses. Both of these are incurable and fatal.

We neuter male and female cats form the age of six months.

Neutered cats can be kept trim and fit with appropriate feeding. Some pet food manufacturers are now making diets specifically for neutered animals to prevent weight gain.

Rabbits

Neutered male and female rabbits are usually easier to handle, calmer and make better hutch mates if kept in pairs. A high percentage of uneutered female rabbits suffer from uterine or ovarian cancers. Male and female rabbits can be neutered from the age of four months.

We would not normally recommend neutering of Guinea Pigs and smaller rodents as the anaesthetic risks are far greater than for dogs, cats and rabbits and outweigh any possible benefits.