Neutering Your Cat or Dog
We highly recommend neutering your cat or dog: We usually refer to it as spaying for females and castration for males. The recommendation is to do it from 6 months of age before females have their first heat. In larger breeds (anything from a Labrador and bigger) we advise waiting until they are slightly older, approximately 12 months of age.
Here are few reasons why we recommend neutering:
- Your spayed female won’t go into heat and consequently can’t get pregnant.
- Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Un-neutered dogs and cats may mark their territory. Cats tend to do it in the house by spraying strong- smelling urine in lots of different places. Dogs usually do it when out for walks or in the garden. Also, early neutering avoids many aggression problems.
- Your male dog and cat won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate – Once he’s few to roam the risks, injury in traffic and fights with other males.
- Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life- spaying helps prevent uterine infections and mammary cancer (which is the equivalent of breast cancer in humans).
- Neutering provides major health benefits for your male- besides preventing unwanted litters, castrating your male companion prevents testicular cancer and reduces the risk of prostate problems.
In the clinic, we also neuter smaller animals such as rabbits, ferrets. Please contact us for more information.