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After 6 months of age all cats or dogs not intended for breeding should be neutered. Once neutered, your female pet will not come into heat and your male pet will not be interested in finding a mate.

Neutering is recommended by most vets as it has more benefits and few side effects in the long term.

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Benefits of neutering

Helps make animals less aggressive.

Issues such as prostate infection, testicular cancer or other common tumours or related life-threatening illnesses won't be a problem. 

Avoids unwanted pregnancies in pets

On average pets who are neutered live one to two years longer than those who are not. 

What is neutering

Neutering is also referred to as “spaying” in females and “castration” in males. Neutering does not change your pet’s personality, playfulness or energy.

Your pet will be admitted into hospital in the morning and will go home that evening. Modern anesthetics and pain relief ensure minimal risk and discomfort, however, they may have stitches (removed after 10 days). They may need to wear a lampshade collar to stop them from licking the stitches for a speedy recovery. To learn more about surgery, click here.

What is castration?

Castration is the surgical procedure of removing the male dog's testicles so he can't reproduce. It is a simple procedure and your pet will be ready to go home after a few hours. We recommend neutering a male dog form 6 months of age. In general, the earlier the male dog is neutered the more beneficial to health and behaviour.

What is spaying?

Spaying is the procedure of removing the womb and the ovaries to prevent the female dog from coming into heat and getting pregnant. Female dogs will have a wound on their belly after the surgery and they will need to wear a lampshade collar for 10-14 days. We send them home with medication and the recovery time is about two weeks.

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