Neutering your pets
Neutering is a means of sterilizing an animal by removing its reproductive organs. It prevents unwanted pregnancies and many animal rescue centres now urge pet owners to consider neutering to cut down on the number of unwanted young animals that are brought into their centres.
When can I have my dog neutered?
Male dogs should be neutered from 6 months of age (for large breeds it is preferable to wait until they are nearer 1 year of age when they are mature).
Bitches can be spayed before their first season, or in between seasons – approximately 3 months after a season. For Dobermann, Old English Sheepdog, Irish Red Setter, Springer Spaniel, Rottweiler, Boxer, Giant Schnauzer and Weimaraners it is recommended that you wait until after these dogs have had their first season before neutering. First season may occur anytime from 6 months depending on breed and they last approximately 3 weeks during which time your dog may become pregnant. If she has milk in her glands, from either puppies or false pregnancy then this must be allowed to settle before spaying. In general, the bigger the breed the later the season will start.
What are the benefits of having my dog neutered?
- In males it prevents testicular tumours and may curb aggressive or domineering behaviour.
- In bitches it stops seasons and attraction of males, and prevents pyometra (womb infection), tumours of the womb and unwanted puppies.
- It reduces prostatic problems but is not guaranteed.
- It prevents anal adenomas.
- It prevents false pregnancies.
Spaying by keyhole surgery (laparoscopy)
Blake Vets can offer keyhole surgery (or laparoscopy) for spaying your dog. Using specialist equipment, this procedure has significant benefits over conventional open surgery including a faster recovery and less post-operative pain for your pet. For more information see our Keyhole Surgery page.
When can I have my cat neutered?
Male and female cats can be neutered from 4 months old.
Females may be spayed while in season or in the very early stages of pregnancy. Female cats stay in season until they become pregnant. If a female cat has had a litter of kittens, the kittens need to be weaned i.e. no longer feeding from the mother, or with little or no milk in the glands, before she can be spayed. Females which are known to be pregnant can also be spayed on the advice of a vet but the operation is more complicated and a higher fee may be charged.
When can I have my rabbit neutered?
Onset of puberty depends on breed but is generally from 4 months in the female and 5 months in the male. Neutering can be carried out from 4 months of age and although this requires a general anaesthetic, it is considered to be a safe procedure.
What are the benefits of having my rabbit neutered?
Unless rabbits are to be used for breeding, it is generally recommended that they are neutered. Neutering male rabbits makes them less likely to fight and in females it prevents them from developing tumours of the reproductive tract, which occurs in 80% of female rabbits over the age of 3 years.
If you have another pet that requires neutering that is not on this list, please contact us to arrange an appointment on 01278 451592.
Our Health Club for cats and dogs offers 10% off routine castration and spaying, in addition to reducing and spreading the costs of vaccinations and flea and worm treatments. Click here for more information.