Surgical desexing or neutering involves removing part of the reproductive system of dogs and cats so that they can't have puppies or kittens. In females it is known as a spey and in males it is referred to as castration.
Why do vets recommend desexing?
Desexing ultimately prevents unwanted pregnancies in female cats and dogs. It helps stop unwanted attention from males and reduces the wandering instinct.
There are also medical reasons for desexing. It greatly reduces the risk of cancers in both males and females and other life threatening conditions such as pyometra (see below).
With the large number of strays and abandoned animals euthanised every year we recommend you desex your pet. Maximum benefits are achieved if desexing is done at a young age (we generally recommend between 5 - 6 months).
We can give you more information about the appropriate time to desex your pet and discuss how to prepare your pet for the surgery.