We recommend all pets are neutered.
Tom cats are usually castrated from five months old. This helps minimise urine marking, roaming and fighting with other cats.
Female cats are usually spayed from five months old. This prevents any unwanted litters of kittens, while removing the risk of diseases of the ovaries or uterus later in life.
Male dogs can be castrated from five months old. This helps reduce the risk of roaming, prostate disease, perineal hernias and anal problems. It eliminates the risk of testicular cancer as the testicles are both removed.
Female dogs can be spayed from five months old, either before or after the first season.
If neutering is done before the first season it prevents unwanted pregnancies and greatly reduces the risk of getting mammary (breast) cancers later in life. It also removes the risk of pyometra – a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus – usually seen in older dogs.
Statistically, neutered pets live longer.