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General Practice Services

Neutering

Cats

We recommend neutering of male and female cats from 6 months of age, or when the kitten isatleast 2kg in weight. Neutering female cats avoids the risk of unplanned kittens. Neutering male cats will usually prevent male scenting behaviour in the home which is displayed in the form of urine spraying around the house – a rather unwelcome trait! It will also be likely to reduce the range over which your male cat roams the neighbourhood.

 

Dogs

Males

Although castration can be performed from 6 months of age, we recommend neutering male dogs once they reach maturity. The age will vary depending on the breed, with small breeds maturing bytwelve months of age, and larger breed dogs maturing between 18-24 months. If you are unsure about the best timing, please come in for a pre-neutering check with vet or nurse and we will happily advise you. Castration has several potential benefits, including reduced risk of prostate enlargement, reduced risk of some types of tumour that occur around the bottom and prevention oftesticular tumours.

Females

Female dogs can be neutered from six months of age and before the first season if you feel that experiencing a season and the associated bleeding is not desirable. Previously we have considered an additional advantage to pre-season neutering may be a reduced risk of developing mammary cancer in later life. However, recent scientific evidence suggests further studies are needed to validate this. Another advantage of neutering include the prevention of a condition called pyometra; a serious infection of the uterus in female dogs that can be life threatening.

A potential disadvantage to neutering before the first season, in particular before 3 months of age, is an increased risk of urinary incontinence. Again, more research is needed to fully evaluate this risk, but certain breeds seem to be more likely to develop incontinence, so please call into ask for advice.

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