Neutering is a surgical procedure carried out under general anaesthesia. For males, it is called castration and involves the removal of both testicles, and for females, it is called spaying and involves the removal of both ovaries and the uterus.
These are very common procedures and most pets will go home the same day. They will then receive a three and ten day check up, and will need to wear a buster collar during the recovery period and have restricted exercise.
Most dogs and cats can be neutered at around six months, although this can vary by breed so it is best to check with your vet. With a bitch, you do not necessarily have to wait until they have had their first season. We recommend for cats that you keep them indoors until they have been neutered.
Neutered pets can be slightly more prone to putting on weight, but don’t worry, this can be managed with a slight change in diet.
The benefits of neutering for your pet
For male dogs:
• Castrated male dogs are less likely to roam
• Un-neutered males can show unwanted, amorous behaviour
• Neutering can help with behavioural problems and aggression, as well as help reduce urine marking and spraying
• Castration can reduce the risk of prostate disease and some other cancers
For female dogs:
• Neutering prevents unwanted pregnancies and avoids the difficult management of seasons
• Older un-neutered females can suffer from mammary tumours and pyometra (uterine infection) both of which can be fatal
For male cats:
• Castration of male cats is a very straightforward procedure
• Neutering reduces the ongoing problem of unwanted kittens and has many health and behavioural benefits
For female cats:
• For female cats the benefits are as above, plus a female cat can be ‘on heat’ every three weeks. This may involve her being restless, rolling around and meowing loudly, which can become distressing for both cat and owner.