Neutering will not only avoid any unwanted surprises but it will also improve your pet’s health and behaviour.
Here at East Park Vets, we happily work alongside pet owners who wish to breed form their pets. However, if you do not plan to breed from your pet in the future, considering a neutering procedure could improve your pet’s life. We consider it the most responsible action to take.
Ideally, bitches should be spayed prior to their first season which is around six months of age. However, if your dog has already had her first season then we are able to perform the procedure around three to four months after so please do not worry. Neutering your bitch will stop bleeding and will hugely decrease the risk of mammary tumours developing in the future.
Male dogs can be castrated between six and nine months of age, depending on their breed. However, after this time they can be castrated at any age. Castrating your dog could prevent unwanted aggressive behaviour and roaming. Unneutered males are also at greater risk of developing prostatic disease and anal tumours, as well as testicular tumours.
Spaying your female cat lowers the risk of contracting Feline Leukaemia Virus, Immunodeficiency Virus and Infectious Peritonitis Virus, which are believed to be spread via mating and fighting. Your female cat will also be at a lower risk of contracting Pyometra and ovarian cancers.
By castrating your male cat, they will avoid conditions like Feline Leukaemia Virus, Immunodeficiency Virus and Infectious Peritonitis Virus too. They will also be less likely to roam and wander in search of a female mate.
We recommend the neutering of all rabbits at four to five months of age. They make much better pets after neutering, and unneutered females are very prone to phantom pregnancy and uterine carcinomas.