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Here at King Street Vets, we recommend neutering of dogs, cats and rabbits if they are not to be used for breeding, however, we will always discuss this with you to help you decide if it is the right decision 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! It is also very relevant in London where we have a high density of dogs, so can reduce embarrassing situations on walks, as well as sexually driven behaviour and aggression towards other pets. It is recommended that you neuter your animals if they are going to be allowed free access to the outdoors i.e. outdoor roaming cats and off-lead walks for dogs.

Neutering is performed on a day patient basis, which means we will admit your pet in the morning, operate on them in the afternoon, and they will be home with you by the evening. Most pets will recover quickly and feel back to their normal selves within a few days, and should be completely healed within 2 weeks of their surgery. We will of course monitor their progress with post op appointments following the procedure.

All neutering surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic. Please contact the practice for more information, pricing, 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 (as this is the safest time to spay). For large breed dogs, we recommend carrying out the procedure after their first season for optimum health benefits
  • We will be offering keyhole (laparoscopic) spay, which is recommended for bitches over 12kg as it improves their comfort post-surgery. Please discuss this in clinic when booking
  • 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 behavioural benefits, neutering earlier is often recommended
  • For giant breeds of dogs, it is recommended that they are not neutered until 12-18 months old, which allows time for their bones and joints to fully mature, as this takes longer in very large breeds
  • Queens (female cats) are spayed from 6 months old
  • Toms (male cats) are castrated from 6 months old
  • It is possible to carry out these procedures in cats earlier than this in exceptional circumstances, that can be discussed further with a vet if required