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Neutering

Neutering your cat or dog can help to reduce the risk of contracting a range of diseases

Neutering your cat or dog can help to reduce the risk of contracting a range of diseases, as well as preventing aggressive behaviour and unwanted mating.

Dogs

The age at which we recommend neutering dogs varies depending on size and breed. Our vets are happy to discuss recommendations for your dog.

Females – If your bitch has started having seasons the procedure is to be carried out at least 6 – 8 weeks post season. The advantages of neutering are that it prevents urine marking, infection of the womb (pyometra) and reduces the risk of mammary cancer.

Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery is available for your bitch if she is over 10kg, this allows surgery to be performed through two very small wounds instead of a single large wound. This is less painful compared to traditional surgical neutering and allows return to normal activity approximately 48 hours following surgery.

Males – The advantages of castration are that it can help reduce aggressive behaviour, reduces urine marking, removes the risk of testicular tumours, reduces the risk of some prostatic disease, reduces the risk of perineal hernias and some anal tumours.

When your dog is neutered it involves them coming in as a day patient. They have a general anaesthetic for the procedure and will usually go home the same day.

Cats

We advise neutering at 6 months of age.

This is to prevent problems such as unwanted mating, urine marking and fighting.

This will also decrease the spread of diseases such as FeLV and FIV.

Rabbits

Rabbits can be neutered from the age of 4 months, it usually involves a day or overnight stay.

This prevents pregnancies, unwanted mating behaviour in males and adenocarcinoma (a fatal womb cancer) in female rabbits.

Rabbits can’t vomit under general anaesthetic so we encourage eating until they have their operation. Please bring them a “picnic” of their usual foods and a few favourites to tempt them to eat after the anaesthetic.

Rabbits are sociable animals and need companionship to thrive. The best pairing is a neutered male and neutered female.

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