Neutering Cats & Dogs
Except when a dog or cat is specifically kept with the intention of breeding, we recommend that both males and females are neutered once they are 6 month old.
Not only does neutering prevent the birth of unwanted kittens and puppies, it also has significant benefits for the health of your pet and makes them more contented and companiable members of your family.
Neutering is a surgical procedure and is carried out under a full general anaesthetic. While no operative procedure can be guaranteed to be completely safe and problem free, with use of modern anaesthetics and surgical techniques few difficulties arise when young healthy animals are neutered.
Neutering Female Dogs & Cats
The term used for neutering a female animal is spaying. The procedure involves the complete removal of the uterus and the ovaries.
The operation can be done when your pet is 6 months old or over. It is not necessary for the dog or cat to have had a season or a litter of pups or kittens before the operation.
Neutering Male Dogs & Cats
The term used for neutering a male animal is castration. This involves the complete removal of the testicles. The operation can be done when your pet is 6 months old or over.
Reasons why you should have your pet neutered
- Neutered dogs and cats are healthier, happier and more companionable pets.
- Prevents unwanted litters of pups/kittens
- Prevents animals coming into season twice a year (dogs) or more often for cats
- Prevents womb infections which are often life threatening, for example pyometitis.
- Significantly decreases the risk of developing mammary tumours in females and prostate tumours in males; eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
- Decreases the desire for male pets to roam the neighbourhood seeking a mate and making a nuisance of themselves
- Decrease the tendancy for dogs to mark their territory with urine or for cats to do so by foul smelling spraying
- Decreases aggression shown by male dogs towards other dogs
Getting help with the cost of neutering
Dog Trusts & Cat Protection charities in Northern Ireland offer financial help towards the cost of neutering for pet owners on means tested benefits. Vouchers can be issued by our surgery staff for those that are eligible.