Cats and dogs are more predictable, sociable, and often healthier pets if they have been neutered.
We use the latest and safest anaesthetics, with electronic monitoring in theatre. Young dogs, cats and rabbits recover very quickly after the anaesthetic and surgery. We use hidden, absorbable skin sutures where possible. In most cases you will not see the stitches, and suture removal is not required.
Consider implanting an identichip at the time of the operation (at a discounted price, saving £'s!). This may help return your pet if he/she is lost or stolen.
Why Neuter Cats?
Entire cats (that is those who have not been neutered) have more frequent cat bite abscesses, and are at greater risk of contracting FeLV/FIV (cat viruses with similarities to the HIV/AIDS condition in humans). Entire tomcats produce very smelly urine and may mark their territory (including your house) with it. Female cats can produce several litters of kittens each year. In pet cats it really makes so much sense to neuter, it's hard to have a reason not to. Visit the Feline Advisory Bureau for a sound independent run down on the reasons.
Why Neuter Dogs?
In dogs, un-neutered animals have a greater risk of some cancers and other diseases, risk unplanned pregnancy, can be more aggressive, and are more likely to 'roam' or run off. It is possible to have an un-neutered dog in good health, but on balance neutering early in life has more benefits than not. Visit the Dogs Trust for an independant point of view. The Dogs Trust (a well respected animal charity, formerly NCDL) also operate a subsidised neutering scheme. We are delighted to support this charitable scheme, and will carry out the operations for eligible owners. Details on our Dogs Trust page.
At What Age Can It Be Done?
Our usual practice is to neuter cats and dogs from around 5 months old (in some cases it can be done before this age). Male and female cats, and male dogs can be neutered at any time after this age.
In bitches, we advise neutering either before any signs of a season (about five months old) OR three months after the first season. Early neutering reduces the risk of mammary cancers (the greatest benefit is seen if neutered before the first season, but neutering between the first and second season still gives a substantial reduction in mammary cancers).
Occasionally bitches may develop a leaky bladder some time after being neutered. This is though to be due to the loss of female hormones combined with an anatomical predisposition (those who have a particularly short and wide urethra and a bladder partly in the pelvic canal). In most cases this can be easily controlled with medicines. This is a small potential downside in a small number of cases, and is far from life threatening. Neutering prevents certain cancers which are very serious.
What About The Rabbits!?
Rabbits are neutered from 4 months old, for much the same reasons as dogs and cats. As many as 60-80% of entire female rabbits over four years old will have uterine cancer. This is a very aggressive, fatal disease. Neutering is the only sensible precaution we can take to prevent it.