Neutering pets has many benefits:
- Preventing unwanted pregnancies
- Preventing dogs and cats wandering and in cats in particular reduce the incident of accidents on the roads.
- Health benefits such as preventing mammary tumours and uterine infections (pyometra) in female dogs in particular
- Preventing prostatic enlargement and testicular tumours in male dogs
We aim to neuter cats from around 4-6 months of age depending on weight – it can be performed earlier in certain cases.
The decision to neuter male dogs is partly dependant on behaviour and this is best discussed with one of our vets beforehand. Should you decide that you wish to neuter your male dog, we recommend the following:
- Small dogs with an expected adult weight of less than 20kg can be done from 6 months old.
- Medium to large breed dogs with an expected adult weight of 20-40kg can be neutered after 11 months of age
- Giant breed dogs with an expected adult weight of over 40kg are best delayed until after 23 months of age.
We recommend all female dogs are neutered before they are two and a half years old unless they are used for breeding. The age at which we recommend neutering female dogs is as follows:
- For small female dogs, with an expected adult weight of less than 20kg, we recommend spaying them after their first season.
- For female dogs with an expected adult weight of over 20kg, we recommend delaying neutering until after 11 months.
In all cases, we wait until three months after their last season before undertaking the procedure, as this is the safest time to perform the operation.
Special considerations should be given to Rottweilers and Golden Retrievers of both sexes. These breeds are best discussed with the vet prior to making the decision to neuter.