When and why should we neuter our pets, and how much is it going to cost? Find the answers to all of these common neutering questions and more below.
We recommend that, unless you are keen to breed from your pet, all dogs and cats are neutered. The most obvious benefit of the procedure is the prevention of unwanted pregnancies, but there are many other health benefits too. Neutering reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, and in females, prevents the development of a potentially fatal condition known as pyometra. Neutering can also help to reduce unwanted behaviours such as aggression, possessiveness, and roaming.
We recommend neutering at 6 months old and before the first season in female dogs. Although there is an old wives’ tale that it is good for a female dog to have a season and/or litter before being spayed, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that this is in any way beneficial. In contrast to this, it has been shown that with each successive season, there is an increasing risk of dangerous health conditions such as pyometra and cancer.
Neutering is a routine, day procedure. Your pet will arrive in the morning having been fasted from the night before. The operation will take place in the morning and they will be ready to go home later that afternoon/evening.
Not necessarily, although they will have to wear something to stop them from licking their wound. This may be a traditional Elizabethan collar, an inflatable ‘comfy collar’, or a wound protection suit. Not all options are suitable for all animals, but we will be able to advise you on what would be most appropriate for your pet at discharge.
The cost of neutering depends on whether the animal is a dog or a cat, and also on the weight of the animal. For an accurate quote it would be best to phone Kelly on 02890 419374 so that you can give her your pet’s details. The cost of the procedure includes a preoperative check by a vet, general anaesthesia, multimodal pain relief for the operation, additional pain relief to go home with, and a postoperative wound check. For people on low incomes, the Dogs Trust and Cats Protection offer discount neutering schemes for certain breeds, although you may have to meet certain eligibility requirements. Further information can be found at their websites.