When owning a pet, an important decision to be made is whether to neuter them! Neutering females is called spaying and neutering males is called castrating, and both procedures prevent a pet from being able to reproduce. Cats and dogs are the most routinely neutered animals, but we can also neuter rabbits and other small furry family members.
What is neutering?
Spaying females involves surgically removing the ovaries and womb. Castrating males involves surgically removing the testicles. We perform both procedures under anaesthetic, and use the best anaesthetic drugs, pain relief and surgical techniques to provide the best care for your pet.
Neutering is normally a day procedure, meaning you can drop off and pick up your pet on the same day. We always check your pet is safe to go home before discharge, but they may seem a bit sleepy for the next 24 hours.
Why should I neuter my pet?
There are many advantages to having your pet neutered. Neutering prevents pregnancy, false pregnancies and removes the hassle and mess associated with female cats or dogs coming into heat. It can also remove unwanted behaviours such as roaming, urine marking and getting a little too friendly with household items! The risk of certain diseases is completely removed by neutering, and the risk of other conditions is reduced.
Of course, neutering also has some downsides. No surgical procedure is risk free, however we use the safest techniques and perform these procedures regularly, so any risk is minimised. Pets can feel a little uncomfortable after surgery, but all are given lots of pain relief to help them feel better. Certain dog breeds are at a slightly increased risk of incontinence after neutering, we can advise you on the best steps forward if you have one of these breeds.
You can click through to our more specific neutering pages from the top menu bar to help you decide if neutering is right for you and your pet, or contact us for more information.