Neutering information

Neutering info

Spaying

Spaying involves surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus. We recommend that cats can be spayed from 5 months of age. Dogs can be spayed when over 6 months either before their first season or 3 months after the first season.

Spaying Benefits

Your pet will not come into season.

No risk of unwanted puppies/kittens.

Removes the risk of life threatening womb infections and tumours.

The risk of her getting mammary tumours later in life is greatly reduced.

Common worries

Your pet will become fat! Animals will only become overweight if they have too many calories without enough exercise. With the correct feed and exercise regime they will not become fat after neutering. They should have puppies/kittens first! There is no advantage to allowing your pet to breed first; there are already plenty of puppies and kittens needing homes.

Castration

Castration involves the surgical removal of the testicles. Dogs can be castrated from 9 months, cats from 5 months.

Castration Benefits

Reduces the desire to stray.

Reduces territorial behaviour e.g. Urine marking, aggression to other dogs/cats.

No risk of testicular tumours.

Reduces the risk of prostate problems in later life.

Common worries

He won't be 'male' any more! Castrated male dogs will still have most of their male traits e.g. cocking their leg but without any of the antisocial behaviour.

He will get fat! Same as for females, animals will only get fat if given too many calories and not enough exercise. For dogs only, a new implant can be used to assess the benefits of castration. This product will chemically sterilize a male dog for 6 months and so can be useful to relieve owners worries re changes to behaviour post castration.