Neutering

What is neutering?

Neutering is the surgical and irreversible removal of the reproductive organs. For a female this is called a spay and for a male this is called a castration.

A spay is an ovariohysterectomy (removing both the ovaries and the uterus) and a castration is removing the testicles.

Why neuter?

The main reason for neutering is to prevent breeding. Neutering can reduce the likelihood of some types of cancer (e.g. mammary tumours) or infection (e.g. pyometra). It can also help control some unwanted sexual behaviours. If you are unsure about whether to neuter your pets please ask to speak to a vet for advice. We are are here to help.

What is an anaesthetic? 

Neutering is performed under a general anaestethic. This means that they are unconscious and cannot feel any pain. Drugs are used to induce anaesthesia and provide pain relief. Very rarely an individual can react in an abnormal way to a medication given. To reduce this risk we offer a pre-anaesthetic blood test to check your pet’s health and we provide a fluid drip to help your pet cope with the anaesthetic.

Are there any risks of neutering?

Neutering is considered a routine and safe procedure. The risks are small but do include- wound infection, wound breakdown or haemorrhage. We reduce this risk by performing all our operations in a sterile environment and monitor your pet during the operation and when they wake up.

What is a post-op check?

This is a free nurse appointment to monitor your pet’s recovery and to check that they are back to their normal self.