Here at Aldeburgh Vets, we recommend neutering of dogs, cats and rabbits if they are not to be used for breeding. However we will always discuss it with you to help you decide if it is the right thing for your pet.

Neutering animals provides multiple health benefits such as; eliminating the risk of uterine infections, it can help some behavioural problems, and even reduces the risk of some cancers. Some of these cancers include mammary cancer in the bitch, prostate cancer in the dog, uterine cancer in the rabbit, and it eliminates the occurrence of testicular cancer in the dog. It of course also helps to prevent any unwanted litters appearing!

Neutering is performed on a day patient basis, this means we will admit your pet in the morning, operate on them by lunchtime, and they will then be home with you by the evening.

Most pets will recover quickly and feel back to their normal selves within a few days, they should be completely healed by 2 weeks post surgery.

All neutering surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic, please call the practice on 01728 598111 for current prices and pre-procedural advice.

We recommend the following ages for neutering in dogs:

  • Bitches can be spayed from 6 months old, prior to their first season, or 3 months post season.
  • Dogs can be castrated at any point after the age of 6 months. For maximum health benefits it is advised that they are neutered by 5 years old
  • For giant breeds of dogs it is recommended that they are not neutered until 12-18 months old, this allows time for their bones and joints to full mature as this takes longer in giant breeds.

At Aldeburgh we recommend the following neutering ages in cats:

  • We spay Queens (female cats) from 6 months old
  • Castration of Toms (male cats) from 6 months old