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Neutering

Here at Knaphill Vets, we recommend neutering of dogs, cats and rabbits if they are not to be used for breeding, however, we will always discuss this with you to help you decide if it is the right decision for your pet.

Neutering animals provides multiple health benefits, such as; eliminating the risk of uterine infections, it can help some behavioural problems, and even reduces the risk of some cancers. It of course also helps to prevent any unwanted litters appearing! It can help curtail sexually driven behaviours towards other pets. It is recommended that you neuter your animals if they are going to be allowed free access to the outdoors i.e. outdoor roaming cats.

Neutering is performed on a day patient basis, which means we will admit your pet in the morning and they will be home with you by the evening. Most pets will recover quickly and feel back to their normal selves within a few days, and should be completely healed within 2 weeks of their surgery. We will of course monitor their progress with post op appointments following the procedure.

All neutering surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic. Please contact the practice for more information, pricing, and pre-procedural advice.

We recommend the following ages for neutering in dogs:

  • Some bitches can be spayed from 6 months old, prior to their first season, or 3 months post a season (as this is the safest time to spay).
  • For large breed dogs, we recommend carrying out the procedure after their first season for optimum health benefits, depending on the breed.
  • We will be offering keyhole (laparoscopic) spay, which is recommended for bitches over 12kg. Please discuss this in clinic when booking.
  • Dogs can be castrated at any point after the age of 6 months. For maximum health benefits it is advised that they are neutered by 5 years old. 
  • For large or giant breed dogs we tend to wait until they are 12-18 months old, which allows more time for them to mature and their bones and joints to be fully grown.
  • Queens (female cats) are spayed from 5 months old
  • Toms (male cats) are castrated from 5 months old
  • It is possible to carry out these procedures in cats earlier than this in exceptional circumstances, that can be discussed further with a vet if required