Surgical desexing or neutering involves removing part of the reproductive system of dogs and cats so that they can’t have puppies or kittens. In females it is known as a spey and in males it is referred to as castration.
Why do vets recommend desexing?
Desexing ultimately prevents unwanted pregnancies in female cats and dogs. It helps stop unwanted attention from males and reduces the wandering instinct.
There are also medical reasons for desexing. It greatly reduces the risk of cancers in both males and females and other life threatening conditions such as pyometra [uterine infection] in dogs.
With the large number of strays and abandoned animals euthanased every year we recommend you desex your pet. Most of the benefits are achieved if de-sexing is done at a young age. Desexing is recommended at before the age of 6 months and you should discuss this with your veterinarian.