The Importance of Neutering

Spaying Females – Spaying involves the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus. This prevents unwanted pregnancies, issues with seasons and significantly reduces the risks of potentially serious problems such as pyometra which is a uterus infection and breast cancer, especially if done early.

Castrating Males – Castration involves the removal of both testicles, and is usually a very quick and straight forward procedure. Sometimes one or both testicles do not fully descend, this is called cryptorchid, it is important to castrate in these cases due to the risk if the retained testicles turning cancerous. It can also help with training, behaviour, aggression and reduces roaming.

When to neuter?

From 5 months old. Early neutering is more protective.

Before surgery

Dogs and cats should not be fed before their surgery – dinner the night before is fine but no breakfast on the day. This reduces the risk of your pet vomiting when asleep. An initial vet check and blood test will be run, to check their vitals, before the surgery. At admission you will be asked if you would like any additional procedures done at the same time, such as nail clipping or microchipping.

Surgery

Your pet’s neuter surgery is carried out by a fully qualified veterinary, and they are monitored from the time they arrive at the clinic to the moment they leave. Neutering is usually a day procedure meaning that your pet comes into us in the morning, has their operation and then goes home later in the same day.

After surgery

Your pet will be given pain relief and antibiotics on the day of their surgery and if necessary will have additional medications to go home with. Keeping your pet rested and bringing them back for a post-op check a few days later is important in helping their recovery, which is usually swift and complete by  7-10 days. Your pet may have a buster collar or a pet medical shirt to wear if we are concerned about them licking their incision.