Neutering is the removal of the testicles in male animals (castration) and the removal of ovaries and uterus in female animals (spaying). We usually recommend that the procedure be carried out when the animal is about six months old. This ensures they don't develop any unwanted ‘sex-linked’ behaviour – for example spraying urine or ‘interacting’ with objects that they find attractive.
All neutering is carried out under general anaesthetic, which means your pet will have to be left at the vets for a few hours.
If you don't plan to let your pet have a litter, we would recommend neutering. There are many advantages to having your pet neutered:
For females, there is less mess, less unwanted attention from males and no chance of unplanned pregnancies. The procedure also prevents infection in the uterus and can reduce the chances of the animal developing types of mammary cancer.
For males, there is a significantly reduced chance of developing cancer of the prostate, testicles and some types of anal cancer. Neutering a male animal will also curb aggressive or enthusiastic sexual behaviour.
Many people are under the impression that neutering their pet may affect their personality. This is a bit of a myth – dogs actually become easier to train because their minds do not wander as much without those raging hormones!
Some animals can put on a bit of weight after neutering, but this is easily controlled with a suitable diet – it is just a matter of adjusting your animal’s calorific intake accordingly.