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JULIE INNES VETS, HAMILTON
Neutering is one of the most common procedures we carry out, for many more reasons
than just preventing unwanted pregnancies
Female dogs are neutered (or spayed/ dressed) for a variety of reasons
- To prevent them coming into season- many owners find their bitches’ seasons messy
- To prevent unwanted pregnancies- sadly, there are still many unwanted puppies around
- To prevent a serious and potentially fatal condition known as pyometra. This is
where the womb fills up with pus, and the bitch becomes very unwell. Treatment
of this condition usually requires an emergency hysterectomy, which
can be a major ordeal in an older, unwell animal.
- To minimise the risk of mammary (breast) cancer in the bitch. Bitches who are neutered
relatively early on in life are far far less likely to develop malignant mammary
tumours, and are obviously protected against cancer of the womb or ovaries
We can neuter bitches from 6 months old, but not if they are in, or close to, a season,
as the increased blood supply makes the operation more dangerous. The operation
involves a general anaesthetic and we remove both the uterus (womb) and ovaries.
Your pet will usually be with us for the day, then go home to you at night, having
had injections of antibiotics and painkillers. We like to check them over (free of
charge) a couple of days later , and their stitches are removed after 10 days.
It is generally a good idea to get male dogs neutered too. Again, there are many
- To prevent unwanted pregnancies. Even the most well-behaved male dogs can find
a way to escape when there is a nearby bitch in season!
- To prevent straying- statistics show that a huge proportion of road traffic accidents
involve un-neutered male dogs.
- To prevent hormone -related conditions. There is a far bigger prevalence of bleeding
tumours around the anus (anal adenomas) in un-neutered male dogs, and neutered
males are protected against testicular cancer
- To prevent unwanted behaviour- neutering can alleviate certain types of male behaviour,
but is not a magic cure!! Speak to the vet or nurse first if you have behavioural
concerns with your dog
We neuter male dogs from about 6 months old. The operation involves a general anaesthetic
and we remove both the testicles. Your dog will stay in for the day and will go home
to you in the evening, having had pain relief and antibiotics by injection. He will
have a check up (free of charge) a couple of days later, and will often have dissolving
stitches that don’t require removal
There are some myths surrounding neutering that put people off, so lets try to dispel
a couple of them
-“He/She will get fat”
- It is true that your dog may need less food than before neutering, but all the
Guide Dogs for the Blind are neutered, and you will rarely see a fat one! Dogs
only get fat if you feed them more calories than they require!
-“It will change his/ her nature”
- all it will do is take away some hormones- not your dog’s intrinsic personality!
Bear in mind that your puppy didn’t have these hormones before he or she reached
puberty- was there such a lack of personality then?!
If, however, you decide you don’t want to neuter your dog, we will respect that
Most female cats are neutered from about 4-5 months old. Reasons for neutering include
- To stop the “calling”- female cats in season can be very very vocal! You could
also find yourself with a garden full of tom cats! Female cats can come
into season every couple of weeks throughout the spring and summer, so it can seem
as though they are calling all the time
- To prevent unwanted pregnancies. This is actually even more important in cats,
as they are “reflex ovulators”,in other words they usually get pregnant
every time they are mated
- To prevent pyometra (womb infection, as in bitches)
- To prevent cancer of the mammary glands and reproductive tract
The neutering operation in a female cat involves a general anaesthetic, and we remove
the uterus (womb) and ovaries. Your cat will come in in the morning and go home in
the evening of the same day, having received pain relief and antibiotics. We like
to see them back for a (free of charge) check up a couple of days later. Stitches
are often dissolving ones which don’t need to be removed. If there are stitches which
need to be removed, we will do so after 10 days.
Most pet tom cats are neutered, for the following reasons,
- To prevent unwanted pregnancies- as detailed above, cats get pregnant nearly every
time they are mated, so an un-neutered tom can soon become the daddy to literally
hundreds of unwanted kittens
- To prevent fighting- un-neutered tom cats can be very aggressive toward one another,
resulting in some nasty wounds and abscesses
- To prevent straying- and subsequent road traffic accidents
- To prevent unwanted male cat behaviours, like urine marking and spraying, which
are common in entire toms
There is increasing evidence that female rabbits are very prone to cancer of the
uterus (womb), and many rabbit experts now advise preventative neutering. We are
experienced at rabbit neutering and are happy to perform this procedure. With rabbits,
the biggest worry has traditionally been the anaesthetic risk, but newer anaesthetics
have reduced this risk drastically. Neutering female rabbits has become a far more
common procedure over the last few years- talk to your vet or nurse for more information.
The operation itself involves a general anaesthetic, followed by removal of the uterus
(womb) and ovaries. Pain relief , antibiotics and supportive care are provided, and
you will usually get your bunny home that evening, although occasionally we keep
them in overnight if they are still sleepy
The most common reason for neutering male rabbits is that they are sharing a hutch
with a female, or fighting with a fellow male! It can be done from 12 weeks onwards,
depending on the size of the rabbit, and the presence or absence of testicles!
The operation involves a general anaesthetic and we remove both testicles via a skin
incision. Pain relief, antibiotics and supportive care are given, and most rabbits
go home on the evening of their operation, unless they are still a bit sleepy, when
we might keep them overnight. As with female rabbit neutering, the anaesthetic was
historically more of a concern than the procedure itself, but more modern anaesthetics
have greatly reduced this risk.