Neutering is surgery to remove the testicles in a male (castration) or ovaries and uterus in a female (spay). This means neutered pets cannot reproduce and no longer produce sex hormones from their ovaries or testicles.
We need your pet to be grown enough for the anaesthetic and neutering. However we also need to neuter before an unwanted pregnancy can occur. It does not benefit the cat to have a litter before neutering.
For cats this means four to six months of age. We will need to check they are over 2kg to be ready for the neutering.
Your pet will be checked over in the admit appointment and we will ask you some questions to make sure there are no reasons not to neuter your pet on that day. We will go through the consent form with you. Your pet will then be bought into hospital and made comfortable in a kennel. Your pet may have a pre-anesthetic blood sample taken.
A small area on the neck will be clipped and local anaesthetic applied, then just 2ml of blood is taken and analysed. Your pet will also have a small area on the foreleg clipped and local anaesthetic applied, so a catheter can be placed. This allows us to give them fluids and medications via the catheter. A dose of painkiller and sedative in will be given so your pet is feeling comfortable and relaxed. The anesthetic is given and the surgery performed. Afterwards we will keep monitoring your pet until they can eat and drink and go outside to be sure they are ready to go home, usually mid afternoon.
Your pet will need to be kept warm and fed a light meal the evening after the operation. They will come home wearing a cone collar to prevent them interfering with the surgical incision, which could result in complications. It is also essential you make sure your pet rests.
They will have painkillers to take for several days after the operation. We will ask to check your pet over after the surgery. Generally the effects of the anaesthetic are no longer seen after one to two days, and after 10 days the surgical incision is sufficiently healed for them to get back to their usual activities. Long-term you will need to feed your neutered pet slightly less, to avoid unwanted weight gain.
Joining the Healthy Pet Club gives you a significant discount on neutering.