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Neutering cats and dogs – When is the best time?

Our neutering guidelines at our practice are based on the best current evidence. Please keep reading to find out more.

What is neutering?

Neutering is removal of the sexual organs of an animal to stop them from having the ability to reproduce. In males this is called castration and involves the surgical removal of the testicles. In females this is called spaying and usually involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries.

Canine neutering timing

The following breeds are recommended to be neutered after they are 1 year old: Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Burnese Mountain Dog, Boxer, Doberman Pincher, Irish Woldhound, Akita, Husky and Dachshund. This is to allow for skeletal maturity and reduce the risk of joint diseases and certain types of cancers in certain breeds.

For small breed canines all females should be spayed 4 months after their first season and males should be castrated at 6 months or older.

Feline Neutering timing

We recommend neutering on cats should be done around 4-5 months of age and once the cat has reached 2kg.

Other circumstances

In some circumstances where the risk of pregnancy is a concern, due to multiple pets which have not been neutered, then please speak to one of our vets.

To book your animal for neutering or to arrange an appointment with one of our vets to discuss specific circumstances then call us on 01702 545558.