We recommended neutering for all dogs and cats not intended for breeding.
We generally recommend neutering from 5 and half months onwards. However in some circumstances, particularly if kittens are free roaming or feral, then neutering can be performed from as young as 4 months. Please speak to one of our vets if you would like more advice on when best to have your cat neutered.
The Benefits of neutering:
Males (Toms) – Castrated male cats are much less likely to roam away from home, are less likely to spray urine in the house and are less prone to getting into fights and so have fewer injuries.
Females (Queens) – The main advantage is to stop unwanted pregnancies. If not spayed and allowed outdoors it is highly likely that your cat will become pregnant even from as young as 5-6 months of age.
Many of the feline infectious diseases can be passed on during mating, by neutering your cat you can reduce their chances of becoming infected.
Having your cat neutered is also an important part of responsible cat ownership. There are already a huge number of unwanted cats in local rescue centres. If you allow your un-neutered cat to go outdoors it is likely to result in an unwanted pregnancy and in many cases these kittens will end up in a rescue centre without a home to go to.
Dogs – can be castrated from 6 months of age. For larger breeds we advise waiting until they reach adult size which may be anything up to 18 months of age. Castration can help resolve some unwanted behaviours but also prevents development of testicular tumours and reduces the risk of anal tumours and prostate problems.
Bitches – there is now substantial evidence to suggest that spaying your bitch at an early age can have multiple health benefits besides the obvious advantage of avoiding unwanted pregancies. Bitches spayed before their second season are much less likely to develop mammary cancer. Spaying also prevents the development of pyometra, a very serious and potentially life-threatening womb infection. Pyometra is seen commonly in older unspayed bitches.
The minimum age for spaying bitches is 6 months. Our advice is to spay 3-4 months after the first season. If you would like your bitch spayed before her first season then we recommend you speak to one of our vets first so they can advise you appropriately.
Please note that we will advise against spaying if we feel your bitch is coming into season or may be having a false pregnancy, as there are increased risks to spay during these times. We will check for signs of this on admit.
From April 2017 – We are now able to offer Laparoscopic (Keyhole) Spays. For more information click here.
Neutering for both dogs and cats requires a general anaesthetic. You will need to book the procedure in advance by phoning the practice, a weeks notice is usually sufficient but we can often accommodate at shorter notice if needed. Your pet will need to be starved the night before its operation, we usually advise no food after 6pm and in the case of cats this means keeping them indoors so they don’t find food elsewhere. They may have normal access to water until morning.
We admit our patients between 8am and 8.30am at the Lichfield hospital, our branches admit at different times and should give you a time at booking. They will spend the day with us to have their procedure. To find out more about pets having anaesthetics and whats involved click on our link: Anaesthesia in dogs and cats.
Neuterings can be done at our Armitage, Burntwood and Mere Green branches as well as at the Lichfield hospital. Please phone the appropriate branch to arrange a date or for further information.