Neutering Your Pet
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.
Neutering or spaying, is also known as ovariohysterectomy in a female rabbit and castration in a male rabbit.
Male rabbits become sexually mature from 4 months of age, and female rabbits from 5 months of age. Entire male and female rabbits therefore need to be kept separately from 16 weeks old if you do not wish them to breed.
Neutering is a safe and effective way of stopping unwanted kittens, as well as gaining important health benefits. Neutering a male cat is also known as castration.
This involves the complete removal of the testicles under general anaesthetic. Removing the testicles stops the production of sperm and also reduces the production of the hormone testosterone.
Neutering or ‘spaying’ your female cat is a safe and effective way of stopping unwanted litters of kittens, as well as gaining important health benefits.
The neutering procedure is also known as an ovariohysterectomy. This involves the complete removal of the ovaries and womb under general anaesthetic.
Neutering a male dog involves complete removal of a dog’s testicles under general anaesthetic. This is also known as castration. It is not a vasectomy. It does not stop him from being bouncy or change his basic personality.
Removing the testicles stops the production of sperm and greatly reduces the production of the male hormone testosterone.
Neutering a female dog is also known as ‘spaying’. The technical name for the procedure is ovariohysterectomy.
The operation involves the removal of the entire womb (uterus) and the ovaries. The operation is done through her tummy, at the midline.