We recommend neutering all cats and dogs unless their owner plans to breed from them. We advise this for two main reasons:
- to prevent health problems when they are older
- to reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies in Ireland.
Female cats and dogs:
It has been proven that if female cats and dogs are neutered before they have their first heat (or have a season) they are highly unlikely to get mammary cancer later in life, the equivalent of breast cancer. Neutering also prevents nasty life threatening womb infections. When we neuter or spay female cats and dogs we make an incision in their tummy and remove their ovaries and uterus (womb). After being neutered females will not come into season and cannot get pregnant.
Male cats and dogs:
In male animals the incidence of testicular cancer and prostate problems is significantly reduced by neutering. In the case of male cats neutering, particularly if it is done at 6 months old, reduces the incidence of spraying and roaming. Neutering male cats and dogs are more likely to stray and get into fights – which for cats can lead to contracting nasty life threatening viruses like FIV or FeLV. When we neuter male dogs and cats we remove both testicles through a small skin incision.
Cats can be neutered from 4 months of age provided they are 2kg in weight. Dogs can be neutered from 6 months of age, however larger breed dogs we recommend leaving until they are a bit older due to their growth development. If you contact us we can advise depending on the age and size of your dog.