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Neutering is beneficial to the health of your animal as well as preventing unwanted puppies or kittens

Cat neutering:
  • Castration of male cats and spaying of female cats is done to prevent straying, fighting and pregnancy. Un-neutered cats tend to wander farther a field and are more likely to be involved in road accidents.
  • The cats must not have food after 8pm the night before the operation or on the morning of the operation. Water should be provided at all times, and it is a wise precaution to block the cat flap after they appear for breakfast to avoid absentees.
  • Cats are dropped off in the morning between 8:30 and 10:00 and are collected between 4:00 and 6.30pm.
  • The cats are given two injections under the skin at the back of the neck as part of a reversible anaesthetic.
  • The operation takes approximately 5-10minutes in males and 25-30mins in females. Females have a small incision in the side of the abdomen (flank), or if requested (e.g. show cats) the operation can be done through an incision underneath the abdomen (midline).
  • Stitches (only placed in females) will need to be removed after 10 days.


  • Dog neutering:
  • Male dogs are routinely castrated to prevent mating and unwanted pregnancies and behavioural problems such as aggression and mounting. Health benefits include a vastly reduced chance of prostate cancer, and prevention of testicular cancer. Bitches are routinely spayed for several health benefits including eliminating the potential for uterine infections, which can be life threatening, and reducing the risk of developing mammary tumours. It also eliminates seasons which can cause behavioural problems, attraction to males, and both real and false pregnancies.
  • Our practice policy is to spay bitches 2 to 3 months after the end of their first season. The sooner after this time a bitch is spayed the lower the risk of mammary tumours.
  • Dogs are usually castrated after the age of 6 months (small breeds) or 9-12 months (larger breeds).
  • Dogs must not be given food after 8pm the night before the operation and or on the morning of the operation. Water should be provided at all times.
  • Dogs are dropped off between 8:30 and 10:00am and are collected between 4:00 and 6:30pm.
  • Dogs are given pre-medication in the form of an injection under the skin, this is followed by an intravenous injection in the leg. After this a tube is placed in the throat and the dog is kept asleep with an anaesthetic gas.
  • Castrations take 20-30mins and spays take 30-50mins depending on the size of the dog. Dogs have an incision in front of the scrotum, bitches have an incision on the underside of the abdomen, which varies in size from 2-6inches. Both will need their stitches removed 10days after the operation, although if the animal is particularly nervous or aggressive then dissolvable sutures may be placed.
  • Animals are sent home with pain-relieving medication. Both dogs and bitches tend to recover quickly after the operation, although they may be quiet for the first 24-48hours.