As a practice we strongly support and recommend neutering your animal. Rescue societies and animal shelters are sadly inundated with abandoned and stray animals; unregulated breeding only adds to this problem.
Due to the sheer numbers of animals needing help at these over-stretched centres, the difficult truth is that many healthy animals have to be euthanased due to lack of space and resources.
We feel that by neutering our pets, we are helping by preventing accidental litters. There are also many benefits in terms of behaviour and health, which are outlined below, along with some helpful guidelines as to the best time to consider neutering.
We are more than happy to answer any queries or concerns you may have, so please feel free to call the surgery for more advice.
• Dogs: Ideally, neutering is carried out between 6-9 months of age, in both males and females. There is no proven health benefit in waiting until female dogs have had their first season, though there are some circumstances when we would recommend this and your vet will chat this through with you when you come in for primary vaccinations.
Should you prefer to allow your puppy to have their first season or if you have an older dog who is already cycling, then we advise neutering 3 months after the end of their season to allow all the hormones to settle down.
Benefits of neutering include reducing/eliminating certain cancers (e.g. ovarian, mammary, testicular & prostate), reducing unwanted behaviours (aggression, roaming, urine marking) and preventing pyometra (infected uterus).
• Cats: We recommend neutering at 6 months of age in both males and females. Earlier neutering is possible and may be appropriate if you have a male and female kitten; your vet will discuss this with you at primary vaccinations.
The main benefit if you have a female cat is preventing unwanted pregnancy; cats can become pregnant from as early as 4 months in some circumstances so ideally keep your kitten indoors until she has been spayed.
Entire male cats are more likely to roam, be involved in fights and road traffic accidents. We also see higher incidences of Feline Leukaemia virus and Feline Immunodeficiency virus in entire male cats because their lifestyle results in increased exposure to them.
One of the main concerns that clients raise about neutering is the potential for their pet to gain weight following surgery. Whilst it is a fact that metabolism will decrease following surgery, it does not have to mean that your pet will become overweight!
However, because obesity in pet animals is a common problem, it is important that diet is taken into consideration after neutering. It has been shown that neutered cats and dogs can require up to 30% less in terms of daily calories. In order to help manage this, we keep a range of lifestyle diets available at the surgery which are tailor made to your pet’s breed, age and neutering status.
We will talk to you about the various dietary options when you bring your pet in for surgery and more information with regards to diet can be found on our nutrition pages. However, should you wish to discuss your individual pet’s needs then please give us a call and we will be happy to help!
Whilst your animal is under anaesthetic for their procedure, it is a good opportunity to insert a microchip so we will ask you if you would like us to do this when you book in for the surgery.
• Rabbits: We recommend neutering female rabbits at 6 months old, whereas male rabbits can be neutered before this, as soon as the testicles are descended.
Rabbits are highly social creatures and should be kept with a companion, but they are prolific breeders so the best combination is a neutered male and neutered female.
Both should be neutered to prevent bullying. Entire female rabbits can be aggressive and there is a high incidence of uterine cancer in those over the age of five; for these reasons, neutering of females being kept as pairs is also recommended. Please see our Rabbit pages for more information on rabbit health and happiness!
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