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Prevent a litter, neuter your critter!

 

Neutering your pet is an essential part of responsible pet ownership, not only in preventing unwelcome pregnancies, but also in helping prevent illnesses and diseases related to the reproductive tract.    

 

This surgical prevention involves the removal of the testicles in the male (castration) and the removal of the ovaries and uterus in females (spaying).  

 

We usually recommend that the procedure is carried out when your pet is about six months old.  This helps to ensure they don’t develop any unwanted ‘sex linked’ behaviors such as spraying urine or straying.  All neutering is carried out under general anaesthetic which means that your pet will stay with us for a few hours.  They will normally be ready to go home around tea time.  

 

If you are not planning on letting your pet have a litter we would recommend neutering.  There are many advantages of getting your pets neutered.

For females there is less mess, less unwanted attention from males and no chance of unplanned pregnancies.  The procedure also prevents the infection of the uterus and can reduce the chances of your pet developing types of mammary cancer.

For males it reduces the risk of prostate disease.  It should also curb aggressive or enthusiastic sexual behavior and will mean they are less likely to roam (and reduce the chances of them going missing or being hit by a car).

 

Occassionally following neutering your pet may gain weight but this can easily be controlled with a suitable diet.  Our nurses will be able to discuss any changes that may be required at one of the post op checks.

 

At the Rosemary Lodge Hospital we are able to offer laparoscopic bitch spay which is a ‘key hole’ surgery meaning that only the ovaries (not the uterus) are removed using a laparoscope through small incisions in the skin.  The procedure is minimally invasive and activity restriction following surgery is less critical.

 

To find out more please contact your local branch or visit www.bathvetgroup.co.uk/neutering.  As part of the Pet Health Club all members receive 20% off neutering which can lead to a saving of over £40.

 

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