Neutering your Pet

Spaying Your Bitch

Spaying (neutering) a bitch involves removing both ovaries and the entire reproductive tract down to the level of the cervix. The operation is generally carried out in young bitches at around six months old (before their first season), or in older bitches around three months after their last season.

The main reason why this procedure is carried out is to prevent any chances of unwanted pregnancies. However, there are also other advantages. Your bitch will no longer come in to season, suffer from false pregnancies or be at risk of womb infections. Depending on her age, she will have a much-reduced risk of getting mammary tumours in later life.

If you are not intending to breed from your bitch then we advise that she should be neutered.

Castrating Your Dog

Castrating (neutering) a male dog involves the removal of both testicles. This makes him less likely to roam after bitches, less aggressive, and easier to handle. Castration also reduces the risk of some cancers such as testicular, prostatic and perianal tumours. Castration can be carried out at any age but is usually performed at around a year old depending on the size and breed of the dog – small breeds may be castrated at an earlier age.

Neutering Your Cat

Spaying (neutering) a female cat involves the removal of both ovaries and the entire reproductive tract down to the level of the cervix. The main reason why this procedure is carried out is to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Neutering of female cats can be carried out at any time from 4 months of age.

Castrating a tomcat involves the removal of both testicles. This makes him less likely to roam, fight and spray urine in the house. He will also be at a lower risk of developing bite wounds such as abscesses and contracting some of the cat viruses that are often spread by fighting. Neutering of male cats can be carried out any time from 4 months of age.

Neutering Your Rabbit

We advise that all female rabbits that are not intended for breeding are spayed at 3-4 months of age. This will prevent unwanted pregnancies and tumours of the uterus, both of which are very common in rabbits that have not been spayed.

Male rabbits can be castrated to help prevent fighting and urine spraying.

Neutering of male and female rabbits can be performed from 3-4 months of age.