Client Advise – Neutering


What does it mean to neuter your pet?

Neutering of cats, dogs and even small furries is a routine procedure preformed by many vets. In a male animal this procedure is known as castration and we use the term spaying for a female.


The technical term we use for spaying is ovariohysterectomy, which means removal of the reproductive organs. For dogs we recommend the best time for spaying is either 2-3 weeks or 12 weeks after the end of their season.  For cats we recommend spaying at 4-6 months of age as they will soon want to get out and about so it is best to get them neutered before they go roaming.

The advantages:
1. There is a reduced risk of the development of mammary cancers as they get older
2. Mainly in unspayed dogs there is a chance of the uterus becoming infected (pyometra), this is very serious and if left untreated can be fatal, getting your pet spayed will eliminate this risk
3. Eliminates unwanted litters
4.When a female is in season they are more inclined to roam in search of a male, neutering can reduce this desire to roam
5.Elimination of season cycle
6.Neutering can reduce aggression/ unwanted behaviours that are hormonally driven.


We also refer to castration as orchiectomy, for dogs the appropriate age we recommend is 6-9 months old and cats 4-6 months of age.

There are many health and behavioural benefits of castration:
1. Exclusion of testicular cancer which can be a problem in entire males
2. Reduced risk of prostate problems
3.Reduced desire to urine mark
4.Lesser desire to roam in search of females and reduce fighting
5.Neutering can reduce aggression towards other males