Pet neutering in Claygate
There are many benefits to neutering dogs, cats, and many other pets, besides the most obvious – avoiding unwanted pet pregnancies. If you aren’t sure when the right time to neuter your pet is, our team at Claygate Vets can advise you.
What is neutering?
Neutering, or de-sexing, is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia. In female pets, the procedure is also called “spaying” and involves removing the ovaries and the uterus (or the ovaries only in ‘keyhole’ techniques). In male pets, the procedure is also called “castration” and is the removal of the testicles.
Benefits of neutering your pet
If you are not planning on breeding, pet neutering is the most responsible action you can take as a pet owner. Here’s why:
- Neutering prevents unwanted pregnancies and the health risks associated with that for mum and offspring
- Less unwanted litters means less strays and animals given up to shelters
- Spaying reduces the risk of mammary cancer and pyometra (infection of the womb) in females
- Castration eliminates the risk of testicular cancer in males
- It can stop/reduce some undesirable behaviours such as marking and urinating indoors, wandering off in search of a mate, and sexual aggression.
- Neutering can make some pets easier to live with – when females are in heat, they can become withdrawn and hostile, and in-tact male pets can be unruly and determined to get to females.
If you are looking for highly skilled Vets who offer pet neutering in Claygate, you’ve come to the right place. At Claygate Vets, our long-standing team has many years’ experience neutering a variety of pets and will take excellent care of yours whilst they are with us for their procedure.
Caring for your pet at Claygate Vets
Your pet will receive first-class care throughout their time here at Claygate Vets. Before your pet’s neutering surgery, they will receive a health check and your vet may advise pre-surgery blood tests. These tests can pick up certain underlying health conditions that may affect your pet’s surgery and are especially important for pets entering their senior years.
Our Small Animal facilities at Claygate Vets include a state-of-the-art operating theatre and equipment, and comfortable patient wards where your pet will be closely monitored and given time to recuperate.
With most routine neutering surgeries, pets are discharged the same evening and are typically back to running around later that day, or the next day. However, they will need to wear a buster collar or pet t-shirt to stop them licking the surgical site, and you may be advised that your pet should take it a little easier for a short period of time.
Our nursing team will contact you with an update on your pet’s recovery before giving you a time to come and pick them up.
Keyhole spays for female dogs
We are pleased to offer keyhole spays (also known as laparoscopic surgery) for female dogs, over at our sister practice, Molesey Vets. This type of procedure is less invasive and promotes quicker healing, faster recovery time and less scarring. Find out more.
Pet neutering & weight management
Some dogs may gain weight after being neutered, therefore we encourage you to bring them to see our nursing team for regular weight check appointments if you find this is happening.
Pet neutering in Claygate – book a consultation today.