Neutering is a means of sterilizing an animal by removing it's reproductive organs. It prevents unwanted pregnancies and many animal rescue centres now urge pet owners to consider neutering to cut down on the number of unwanted young animals that are brought into their centres.
If you have a pet that requires neutering that is not on this list, please contact us to arrange an appointment on 01332 678333.
Male dogs should be neutered from 6 months of age (large breed is preferable to be towards 1 year when they are mature). Bitches should be spayed 3 months after their first season, or in between seasons. First season may occur anytime from 6 months depending on breed and they last approximately 3 weeks during which time your dog may become pregnant. If she has milk in her glands, eg puppies or false pregnancy then this must be allowed to settle before spay. (bigger the breed the later the season).
As usual admission is between 7.30 and 9.30am and dogs are often ready to collect at 2.00pm. There is no special aftercare for dogs but bitches should be strictly rested for 48 hours and only allowed gentle exercise on the lead until re-examination a week after the operation. Collars should be worn if the animal is likely to interfere with its wound.
Benefits of neutering dogs:
- Prevent testicular tumours in males and may curb aggressive/domineering behaviour.
- Stops seasons in bitches, attraction of males, prevents Pyometra (womb infection or tumours of the womb) and unwanted puppies/kittens.
- Reduces prostatic problems but not guaranteed – see a behaviourist or one of our behaviour nurses first
- Prevents anal adenomas
- Prevents false pregnancies
Cats can be neutered from 6 months old (male & female). Females may be spayed while in season or the very early stages of pregnancy. Female cats stay in season until they become pregnant. If a female cat has had a litter of kittens, the kittens need to be weaned ie no longer feeding from the mother (or no milk in glands) before she can be spayed. Queens which are known to be pregnant can also be spayed on the advice of a vet but the operation is more complicated and a higher fee may be charged.
Normally cats are admitted for their operation in the morning and are usually ready for collection at 2.00pm. Sutures are removed from females 8 days later.
Unless rabbits are to be used for breeding, it is generally recommended that they are neutered. Onset of puberty depends on breed but is generally from 4 months in the female and 5 months in the male. Neutering can be carried out from 4 months of age and although this requires a general anaesthetic, it is considered to be a safe procedure. The benefits of neutering rabbits are that it makes them less likely to fight and in females it prevents them from developing tumours of the reproductive tract (which occurs in 80% of female rabbits over the age of 3 years).