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Spaying and Neutering

Spays/neuters for dogs and cats are some of the most common procedures carried out in veterinary practices. The reason is that there is almost zero risk to your pet and there are multiple benefits.

What does spaying/neutering involve?

Having an animal spayed/neutered means the animal is sterilized. Male animals undergo sterilization by castration (removal of the testes), and female animals by a surgical procedure known as ovariohysterectomy, where the ovaries and uterus are removed.

Spaying/neutering is a simple surgical procedure that is frequently carried out. There are numerous benefits, for both pet owners and pets, and the procedure is extremely safe.

Why should I have my pet spayed/neutered?

Spaying or neutering your animal can diminish certain undesirable behaviour, reduce the risk of developing certain diseases, as well as help control animal overpopulation.

In female animals, spaying can reduce the risk of uterine infection and breast tumours. In males, neutering reduces the risk of testicular tumours and prostate cancer.

What is the best age to have my pet spayed/neutered?

The answer varies depending on whether your pet is a dog or cat, and on their weight, breed and sex. The veterinary will be able to advise you on the best age to have your pet spayed or neutered.