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Pet neutering is a surgical procedure done under general anaesthetic, to prevent both male and female animals from reproducing. It is a very common procedure, with minimal risk, and is performed often at our practice. Neutering is a responsible step as an owner, as it has worthwhile health and behavioural benefits for your pet.

Male Dog Neutering

What is puppy neutering?

Puppy neutering is a short surgical procedure where both testicles are carefully removed. The procedure takes roughly half an hour.

What age can my puppy be neutered?

Your dog can be neutered from 6 months old onwards. However, it is recommended for your dog to have reached maturing before the surgery is performed, which could be up to 2 years in larger dogs.

What is the recovery time after dog neutering?

After your male dog has been neutered, it will need rest at home for the next few days to ensure proper healing. We usually see that dogs can return to normal exercise and routine in 5-7 days.

What are the benefits of pet neutering my dog?

  • Castration prevents the risk of impregnating a female dog
  • Prevents the risk of testicular tumours and prostatic problems
  • Can drastically reduce hypersexual behaviour, such as mounting/humping and scent marking
  • Can reduce aggression displays to other male dogs

Female Dog Spaying

What is puppy spaying?

Spaying is the removal of ovaries and the uterus in female dogs.

What age can my puppy be spayed?

The spaying procedure can be completed before their first season around six months old, or after their first season.

What is the recovery time after dog spaying?

As the operation is more complex, at least 2 weeks of rest and recovery time is required for females. This can vary between different breeds. We will give you detailed instructions on how best to care for your dog including pain relief and a check-up appointment.

What are the benefits of pet neutering/spaying for my dog?

  • Spaying female dogs prevent the risk of unwanted pregnancy and phantom pregnancies
  • Prevents risk associated with mammary tumour and uterus infections

Male Cat Neutering

What is cat neutering?

Cat or kitten neutering is a short surgical procedure where both testicles are carefully removed. The procedure is performed quickly under general anaesthetic and takes roughly half an hour.

What age can my kitten be neutered?

Kittens become sexually mature at a very young age, so it is usually recommended male cats are neutered from 4 months onwards. However, if you adopt or rescue an older cat the surgery can be performed in adulthood.

What is the recovery time after cat neutering?

After your male cat has been neutered, it will need rest at home for the next few days to ensure proper healing. We usually see that cats return to normal exercise and routine in 5-7 days.

What are the benefits of neutering my cat?

  • Castration prevents the risk of impregnating a female cat
  • Lowers the risk of Feline immunodeficiency virus (cat AIDS) and Feline leukaemia virus
  • Prevents the risk of testicular tumours and prostatic problems
  • Reduce the tendency to roam in search of a mate
  • Reduce the risk of disease through fighting e.g., cat bite abscesses
  • Reduce the spraying of urine and territorial behaviours.

Female Cat Spaying

What is kitten spaying?

Cat spaying is the removal of both the uterus and ovaries.

What age can my kitten be spayed?

The spaying procedure can be completed around 5-6 months of age.

What is the recovery time after cat neutering?

We recommend at least 2 weeks rest and recovery time is required for females. We will advise you on how best to care for your cat including pain relief and a check-up appointment. It is best to keep them indoors during the recovery period to keep a close eye on them.

What are the benefits of neutering my cat?

• Spaying female cats prevents the risk of unwanted pregnancy and phantom pregnancies

• Prevents risk associated with mammary tumour and uterus infections

To book in for your pet neutering, please contact the practice directly to make an appointment. We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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  • Alder Veterinary Practice
  • 137 Worplesdon Road
  • Guildford
  • Surrey
  • GU2 9XA
  • Telephone: 01483 536036