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Neutering

Bitch spay – we advise spaying female dogs after their first season to allow for growth and development. There are several benefits to neutering your female:

  • No false pregnancy, which is common in bitches and can occur after each season. It can result in distress to the bitch. A bitch undergoing a false pregnancy may produce milk, lose her appetite and exhibit adverse behavioural problems and anxiety. You may need to buy a medicine to stop milk production which can be expensive.

  • Pyometra and other uterine diseases are avoided - unspayed bitches can develop pyometra later in life which is a fatal bacterial infection of the uterus, which requires expensive life-saving surgery. Spaying a healthy bitch does not involve the risks of spaying an older unwell bitch with toxaemia (toxins in the bloodstream) arising from the pyometra. Although rarer, pyometra can also occur in younger females.

  • It reduces the risk of mammary tumours as the relative risk of mammary tumours increases progressively with each successive season. Bitches spayed before the second season have a lower prevalence of mammary tumours than entire bitches.

  • No oestrus: oestrus (season or "heat") occurs about every six months in entire bitches. During this time bitches have to be kept away from other dogs and walked under close supervision.

There are some reservations about spaying but most are not justified when examined more closely. Spaying may predispose to weight increase but dietary management can control this. Urinary incontinence can occasionally be associated with spaying but whether that relates to the age at which the bitch was spayed is unknown. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) believes the benefits of spaying a female dog outweigh any potential risks that are involved with the procedure. All patients receiving this surgery have an IV cannula as standard, allowing instant access to the vein. 

 

Prices:
1 - 15kg       £200

16 - 30kg     £240

31 - 50kg     £290

51kg +         £320

Dog Castration – we advise castrating dogs when they are fully developed. This may be around 9-12 months for small breeds and 12-18 months for large breeds. The benefits of castration include:

  • It limits straying, particularly in response to bitches in season, which causes nuisance and unwanted litters

  • It can be used as a treatment for excessive and unacceptable sexual behaviour towards bitches, people and inanimate objects

  • For medical reasons e.g. to prevent or remove testicular tumours or reduce perianal adenomas (cancer of the anal glands) or prostatic hyperplasia (a benign but very painful condition of the prostate gland which can cause blood in the urine and lethargy).

 

 

Prices:

1-15kg          £140

16 - 30kg      £180

31- 50kg       £220

50kg +          £240

Cat Neutering 

 

Male and female cats can be neutered from 5 months old welfare benefits of neutering cats include:

  • reduction in the numbers of roaming cats injured or killed in road traffic accidents

  • reduction in fighting, and thus a reduction in infected wounds, abscesses and spread of FIV infection

  • prevention of unwanted pregnancies – there are already way too many kittens in our rescue centres!

Prices are cat castrate £65 / Spay £85

For any operation pre-op checks are free of charge.

 

We also offer intravenous fluid therapy (IVFT) which is a ‘drip’ used to support your pet’s blood pressure and circulation during anaesthesia, this makes it safer and results in a quicker recovery time. 

The cost of fluid support is £50.