Neutering

Unless you are going to use your dog, cat or rabbit for breeding we advise having him or her neutered.

Neutering not only avoids unwanted pregnancies but also a number of problems, both medical and behavioural.
 
We recommend neutering at the following ages:
  • Cats: at six months old for both male and female cats (before they are able to breed)

  • Male Dogs: castration at around 9 months old

  • Female Dogs: spaying at 3 months after the first season, which normally occurs at 9 months of age. The reason for this is to reduce the (small) incidence of incontinence in later years. Alternatively, we will on request undertake spay procedures at 6 months old before the first season.  We also the offer the option of laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for bitch spays - you can find out more by clicking here.

  • Rabbits: from 4 months old for both male and female (when they reach sexual maturity). However, there can be variations between individual rabbits so this is only a guideline. 

  • Other species: please contact us for advice on the neutering of other species such as ferrets, guinea pigs and other small mammals.