Neutering

Neutering of pets can be a very emotive subject with a pet owner being bombarded with lots of advice, and some of it is less accurate than others.  Trying to make sense of it all can be difficult.  At Links Vet Group we’ll explain the pros and cons so that you can make the decision that is right for your pet and their situation.  In dogs an alternative to castration is the implantation of a small microchip like implant which has many of the benefits of the operation but lasts from 6-12 months.

Overall we believe that unless a pet is to be used for breeding purposes then neutering is strongly recommended. We don't see many dogs owned by vets and nurses who aren't neutered. 

Download our Puppy Neutering Information Sheet here

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Dog Neutering

MALE NEUTERING - CASTRATION

When can my dog be neutered?

Male neutering or castration involves the surgical removal of the testicles. We usually perform this at around 5 months to a year old though it can obviously be done at any age if needs be.

What are the benefits of neutering a male dog?

The castration of male dogs is performed for both behavioural and health reasons.

Behavioural reasons may include antisocial behaviours such as aggression or high sex drive as well as the danger of running away and possibly being hit by cars (the risk of RTA is increased in non-castrated male dogs). Health benefits of castration are mainly to do with disease of the male reproductive tract, for example a reduced incidence of prostate disease in dogs and obviously removing the risk of testicular cancer. Other not so obvious benefits however such as the reduced risk of perineal hernias and anal adenomas (benign but very difficult to treat tumours on the anus) in dogs are a real benefit.

After the castration operation your nurse or vet will advice on care for your pet in the short term and in the longer term.

NB In dogs an alternative to castration is the implantation of a small microchip like implant which has many of the benefits of the operation but lasts from 6-12 months. This is useful where an owner is keen on the benefits of the surgery but is worried that the dog's behaviour may change in a detrimental way after the procedure. Of interest though is that we very rarely if ever see a negative behavioural effect from the neutering operation.

FEMALE NEUTERING - SPAY / OVARIOHYSTERECHTEMY

The equivalent operation in female dogs is commonly referred to as 'spaying'. This is an operation where both the ovaries and the uterus or womb are removed surgically. Clearly this means that your pet will be unable to have puppies again. 

What are the benefits of spaying?

A benefit of spaying is that she will not go through a 'season' and be attractive to male dogs which can prove to be a nuisance.  Other benefits of spaying a female pet is that the risk of life threatening diseases such as cancer of the mammary glands, womb and ovaries is reduced or removed completely and also the risk of womb infections which are extremely common and potentially life threatening in older non-spayed female dogs is removed.

What is involved in spaying?

The spaying operation itself is more involved than the male castrate but nevertheless bitches recover very quickly Your vet or nurse will advise on care of your pet in the period after the procedure is performed in order to promote a speedy recovery.

Download our information sheet here

Cat Neutering

MALE NEUTERING - CASTRATION

Male neutering or castration involves the surgical removal of the testicles. We usually perform this at around 5 months to a year old though it can obviously be done at any age if needs be.

What are the benefits of neutering a male cat?

The castration of male cats is performed for both behavioural and health reasons.

Behavioural reasons may include antisocial behaviours such as aggression or high sex drive as well as the danger of running away and possibly being hit by cars (the risk of RTA is increased in non-castrated male dogs and cats). Health benefits of castration are mainly to do with disease of the male reproductive tract, e.g. removing the risk of testicular cancer. Other not so obvious benefits however such as the reduced risk of fighting in male cats are a real benefit.

After the castration operation your nurse or vet will advise on care for your pet in both the short term and longer term.

FEMALE NEUTERING - SPAY / OVARIOHYSTERECHTEMY

The equivalent operation in female pets is commonly referred to as 'spaying'. This is an operation where both the ovaries and the uterus or womb are removed surgically. Clearly this means the female will be unable to have kittens.

What are the benefits of neutering a female cat?

A benefit of spaying is that she will not go through a 'season' and be attractive to male cats which can prove to be a nuisance. (When cats are not neutered this can happen every 3 weeks in the breeding season of March to october).  Other benefits of spaying a female pet is that the risk of life threatening diseases such as cancer of the mammary glands, womb and ovaries is reduced or removed completely.

What is involved in neutering a female cat?

The spaying operation itself is more involved than the male castrate but is done in as pain free a way as possible to allow the cat to return to its normal lifestyle in as short a time as possible afterwards. Your vet or nurse will advise on care of your pet in the period after the procedure is performed in order than the risk of any complications is minimised.

Download our information sheet here

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