Neutering (de-sexing) of both male and female household pets can have significant preventative health benefits. If you are not going to breed from your pet we recommend neutering to prevent unwanted pregnancies and reduce the risk of developing serious health problems later in life.
We recommend clients to spay (neuter) non-breeding female dogs, cats and rabbits not only to prevent unwanted pregnancy but also potential womb infections, uterine and ovarian tumours and to reduce the risk of mammary tumours.
Characteristics between neutered and non-neutered pets
Often animals who have not been neutered (entire) develop behaviours such as demonstrating dominance, roaming or sexual activity as well as characteristics such as bleeding when in heat and having a strong odour, all of which can make them more challenging domestic pets.
Neutering male cats helps to reduce roaming and breeding related fighting, both of which put un-neutered males at great risk of serious disease or injury.
Male dogs that have not been castrated (neutered) have an increased risk of developing testicular cancer, prostate abnormalities and other hormonally driven anomalies such as anal adenomas.
For some male rabbits neutering can reduce aggressive behaviour.
Our Vets will be happy to discuss neutering with you at any time. It is however best to raise discuss this early in your pet’s life, i.e. at the first or second vaccination, or at the free six month health check which we offer for all the puppies and kittens which have their initial course of vaccinations with us.