Life with your pet is so much simpler when you can forget about the worries of reproduction, and the influence of hormones on your pet’s behaviour.
These routine operations are permanent surgical birth control for your pet. There are no tablets to remember or injections to have.
Regardless as to whether your pet is a male or female there are many advantages to having this operation done.
About the operation
|For female pets, you will never have to worry about unwanted litters. There are major health benefits too: serious womb infections cannot develop and the risk of breast cancer developing is greatly reduced.
||For male pets, removing the main source of testosterone means less dominant and territorial behaviour, fewer embarrassing sexual behaviours, less urine marking and less fighting. He’ll be a calmer and more sociable pet.
Under a general anaesthetic (see Surgery) her ovaries and uterus are removed, or his testicles are removed. Your pet will be with us for the day and generally go home the same night.
Animals generally recover rapidly after surgery and are virtually back to normal after 1-2 days. Depending on the individual pet, there may be stitches that need to be removed 10-14 days after the operation.
When to have the operation
It is usual to wait until your pet is at least 5-6 months old. Please call us if you would like to discuss other options, for example alternative timing of the operation, alternatives to surgery, or about breeding.
We also perform the same operations on other species, for example rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and rats as well, and for similar reasons.