Neutering

Vet with two dogs

Neutering involves the surgical removal of the testes (castration) in male animals, or the removal of the ovaries and uterus (spaying) in female animals.

  • We advise the spaying of bitches after they have had their first season, which usually occurs between 9 and 15 months of age. It is essential to spay a bitch when reproductive hormones are at their least active, which is why we recommend performing the surgery 3 months after the season.
  • We recommend castration of dogs from 9 months of age.
  • We can neuter both dogs and bitches earlier if required (after discussion with a vet).
  • We advise neutering cats at 6 months of age.
  • Remember instructions on starvation of your pet prior to surgery (see note later).
  • We recommend male rabbits are castrated. Females may be spayed. For advice on ages and timing please consult the surgery.