We work hard to ensure we remain abreast of the latest research regarding the neutering of animals and design our protocols around these studies.
We assess every animal as an individual, taking the cutting edge of medicine into consideration while also noting the species, breed and disposition of each pet and the needs of the owner.
Our protocols on neutering are below, however there is no 'one size fits all' and we are always happy to discuss individual cases.
Bitches: We recommend spaying females 3 months after their first season. This allows the bitch to mature physically before surgery and lessens the risk of long-bone problems whilst not significantly raising the risk of hormone related cancers or pyometra.
Dogs: We do not routinely recommend the castration of male dogs. However, we discuss and assess each case individually, come in for a free pre-neutering consult with one of our vets.
Queens: We recommend spaying from 6 months of age, allowing female cats to mature before surgery. Spaying eliminates the risk of unwanted pregnancies and lessens the likelihood of disease transmission for outdoor cats, as well as eliminating seasonal 'calling'.
Toms: We recommend castration from 5 months of age, once both testicles have descended. If the testicles are late descending we recommend waiting until the age of 10 months, when we can we perform cryptorchid surgery if they have still not appeared. Castration eliminates unwanted breeding, 'tom cat smell' and alleviates hormonally driven territorial spraying behaviour. Castrating your tom cat also makes disease transmission and fighting behaviour less likely.
Queens: Incidence of ovarian cancer in entire female rabbits is very high, therefore we recommend the routine spaying of all females at the age of 4 months.