Unfortunately, there are still too many unwanted puppies and kittens in the world, and so unless you are thinking of breeding from your pet we would recommend neutering.
As well as preventing unwanted pregnancy, neutering can reduce the likelihood of some nasty diseases such as mammary (breast) cancer or testicular cancer.
The main disadvantage to neutering is that most animals will put weight on after their operation due to hormonal changes. We would recommend that you reduce the quantity of food you feed your pet and be very careful with treats for the first 6 months after the operation, which is the high risk time for excessive weight gain. As long as this aspect is known about, it can be addressed, and is not a valid reason for not neutering your animal.
When Can My Pet Be Neutered?
- Male dogs can be neutered anytime from 6 months old. There has been a study recently that suggests that larger breed male dogs should be castrated over one year old – we can discuss this with you and will decide on timing on a case by case basis.
- Female dogs can be neutered either at 6 months old, or 2 months after her first season finishes, or 2 months after any other season finishes.
- Cats can be neutered anytime from 6 months old. If you have a boy and a girl together they may want doing a bit earlier to prevent unplanned surprises!
- Rabbits can be done from 4 months old.
To discuss this topic further, please visit the surgery, telephone 01628 624935 or request an appointment here.