Pet neutering is something you should strongly consider when looking to buy or adopt a pet. There are numerous health benefits for your dog or cat as well as helping reduce unwanted pet behaviours. Pet neutering is a responsible step as a dog or cat owner.
All neutering operations are carried out under general anaesthetic and animals recover within weeks.
Neutering for Male Dogs and Cats
Male dogs can be neutered from 6 months old onwards, kittens mature very early so the procedure can be done from 4 months onwards. If you adopt a cat later in their life, it is good to know the surgery can be performed at any age. The recovery time is usually 5-7 days depending on the breed.
Benefits of Pet Neutering
- Castration prevents the risk of impregnating females
- Prevents the risk of testicular tumours and prostatic problems
- Reduces hypersexual behaviour, such as mounting/humping
- Can reduce aggression displays to other male dogs
Neutering/Spaying for Female Dogs and Cats
Female Pet Neutering or Spaying can be completed around 6 months old, or after their first season. This is a slightly more complex operation so requires a longer time to heal. They need to rest for at least two weeks with consistent pain relief.
Benefits of Female Neutering/Spaying
- Spaying female dogs prevent the risk of unwanted pregnancy and phantom pregnancies
- Prevents risk associated with mammary tumour and uterus infections