Neutering is a surgical procedure and involves removal of an animal’s reproductive organs. In male animals this means removal of the testicles (castration), and in female animals it means removal of the ovaries and womb (spaying).
We can perform neutering at either our Torquay or our Paignton surgery. Dogs can be neutered from 6 months old and cats or rabbits from 4 months old. If a bitch has had a season, she can be spayed mid-way between seasons. We can also perform neutering in guinea pigs and vasectomy procedure in male ferrets.
We are pleased to be able to offer the option of a keyhole spay at our Torquay surgery.
We take the opportunity to discuss the procedure with you at puppy/kitten vaccinations and our adolescent health checks. If we have not seen your pet before we will schedule an appointment with the vet so that they can check that they are healthy and discuss the procedure with you. The vet will be happy to answer any questions that you have.
Although neutering is a routine procedure, it is still an operation and therefore there are risks and you are bound to worry about your precious pet. To minimise risks, we include the following as standard in our neutering procedures:
- A pre-operative assessment, to make sure your pet is healthy.
- General anaesthetic, including monitoring of vital parameters by a dedicated nurse. All patients have an intravenous cannula placed, which should be standard for any anaesthetic.
- Pain relief on the day of the procedure, which lasts for 24 hours.
- Full theatre attire including disposable surgical gloves, gowns and drapes. These are more expensive than traditionally used washable gowns and drapes, but we believe they help to minimise the risk of a surgical infection. We are confident in our levels of sterility, so we have no need to give your pet antibiotics for routine surgery – this is important in preventing antibiotic resistance.
- “Swaged on” suture material for any knots or stitches – this is more expensive than the traditionally used “suture on a reel”. It means an individual pack of suture material is opened for your pet, with a brand new needle that does not need to be threaded on. We believe this is better surgical procedure and it is standard in human medicine. For most pets we put in dissolvable skin stitches, as we find they are better tolerated by the patient.
- A discharge with a nurse, who can advise you on how to look after your pet after the procedure. We stock a light and easily digestible recovery food to help get your pet eating again after the operation.
- Two post-operative check-ups, one the day after the procedure and one 7-10 days later to check the wound.
Our neutering price does not include post-operative pain relief, as the amount and type needed varies from pet to pet. We assess your pet for pain on recovery from the surgery, before they go home and on the first post-operative check-up.
Our neutering price does not include a buster collar. We can provide a buster collar, or a special re-useable body suit to prevent your pet from licking their wound. The choice depends on the individual patient and owner preference.
If you would like to discuss neutering in more detail or find out prices, please speak to a member of our team or drop us an e-mail.