Desexing or neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce.
With the new longevity and various breed studies, it does raise the concern that whilst desexing is beneficial for the majority of pets, it is a permanent alteration of the pet which may increase the risk of other diseases, even if it does reduce the risk of some others.
We are happy to discuss with you the pros and cons of desexing on a individual basis - there is no rule that will fit all animals.
In male pets it is commonly referred to as “castration”, and in female pets as “spaying”.This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and generally your pet is home by the evening of surgery.
The most common age to desex your cat is by 4 months of age, and for dogs (usually between 5.5 and 6.5 months) however they are never too old to be desexed.
There are many benefits to desexing your pet. They include:
- Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year
- Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, and it can help prevent pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females
- Stopping the “heat” cycle in females
- Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males
- Being less prone to wander, especially in males
- Reduction of council registration fees