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We recommend that all pets are neutered if they are not intended for breeding for both practical and medical reasons.

Some definitions:

  • Castration – the neutering of males by the surgical removal of both testicles.
  • Spay – the neutering of females by the surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus.

Spaying female dogs

Female dogs can be spayed either before their first season at around 6 months of age, or 3-4 months after they finish a season.

It is advisable to spay your pet when she is young for the following reasons:

  • Spaying young dogs significantly reduces their risk of developing mammary cancer.

Mammary cancer is very common in older bitches.

  • Removes the risk of developing potentially life-threatening womb infections as the uterus is removed during the operation.
  • Removes the inconvenience of seasons every 6 months.
  • Removes the risk of unwanted pregnancies.
  • Removes the risk of developing false pregnancies where bitches lactate even though they are not pregnant.

Castrating male dogs

Male dogs can be castrated for 5-6 months of age.

It is advisable to have your pet castrated when they are young for the following reasons:

  • Castration removes the risk of developing testicular cancer by removing both testicles.
  • Castration reduces the risk of prostatic disease when older.  Prostatic disease and cancer is much more common in older, entire males.
  • Reduces roaming and unwanted sexual behaviour.
  • Castration can help to reduce aggression and dominance.

Spaying female cats

We advise female cats are spayed from 5-6 months for the following reasons:

  • Stop unwanted pregnancies and therefore unwanted kittens
  • Remove risk of diseases associated with uterus and ovaries.

Castrating male cats

We advise male cats are neutered from 5-6 months of age for the following reasons:

  • Entire male cats are more likely to fight with their neighbours causing nasty wounds and abscesses.
  • Cats which fight are more likely to contract diseases which can be spread from cat bites such as FIV (cat aids) or Feline Leukaemia.
  • Neutering male cats can help reduce aggression.
  • Neutering male cats should reduce roaming behaviour.
  • A neutered male cat is also at less risk of developing certain diseases including prostatic disease/cancer, and anal and testicular tumours.

Castration and spaying are routine procedures that we perform daily in the surgery.  We advise pre-operative checks with nurses prior to the procedure.

Please phone the practice for our competitive prices for these services.  If you have a farm holding number or are currently on benefits you may be eligible for reduced cost neutering schemes. Please contact reception for further details.