Unless you are planning to become a breeder, having your pet neutered is wise in order to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Even if you have an indoor pet that lacks opportunities to mate, the procedure has a variety of health benefits to be considered.
Cats and rabbits can be neutered from four months old and dogs from six months, though timing can vary according to your pet’s size and breed. We can advise you on the best timing for your pet.
Male pets are castrated (their testicles removed) and female pets have their ovaries and usually their womb removed, which is called spaying. Though he or she may look young, your pet can become pregnant (or impregnate others) while still immature. And unneutered siblings of the opposite sex can also mate.
Before the operation, your pet will need a health check in case there are any reasons why they shouldn’t have the general anaesthetic required for the procedure. The procedure lasts up to an hour and your pet will usually come home the same day.
Your vet or vet nurse will provide you with tailored instructions dependent on the surgery type, pet breed, size and temperament. This will including feeding pre- and post-op, as well as pain relief, wound care, exercise plans and post-op checks. Your dog is likely to have made a full recovery within a fortnight.
Your vet or vet nurse will provide you with tailored instructions dependent on the surgery type, pet breed, size and temperament. This will including feeding pre- and post-op, as well as pain relief, wound care, exercise plans and post-op checks. Your cat is likely to have made a full recovery within a fortnight.
Your vet or vet nurse will provide you with tailored instructions for pre- and post-op care of your rabbit, which will include feeding, pain relief, bedding, wound care, exercise plans and post-op checks.
Following the operation, male rabbits will need to be kept apart from unspayed female rabbits for six weeks as amazingly they can still be fertile during this time.
Holly Louise Eells decided to have her black cat Prince neutered when she adopted him from a friend at around nine months. “He was spraying [urine marking] everywhere and howling at night because he wanted to get out. He was also aggressive towards other cats, so I decided to have him ‘done’ as I have with all my cats. It was pretty simple. I dropped him off at the vet’s and was called to pick him up later that day. He was a bit quiet for a couple of days and had to wear a collar to ensure he didn’t lick his wound. It was worth it though. He was like a changed cat afterwards - much calmer and more affectionate.”
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