Desexing or neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. In male pets it is commonly referred to as “castration”, and in female pets as “speying”.This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and generally your pet is home by the evening of surgery. The most common age to desex your pet is at 6 months, however they are never too old to be desexed. There are many benefits to desexing your pet at 6 months. These include: preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year, prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, prevention of pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females, stopping the “heat” cycle in females, decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males, being less prone to wander, especially in males, living a longer and healthier life and reduction of council registration fees.
Your pet will retain their pre-operation personality, possibly with the added bonus of being calmer and less aggressive. A common question is; should my bitch have one litter before desexing? No – it is actually better for her not to have any litters before being speyed. Her risk of developing mammary cancer increases if she is allowed to go through her first heat.