Neutering or Castration – Desexing of Male Dogs or Cats

Neutering your pet has many benefits. The procedure, which prevents male animals from reproducing, can help your dog or cat live a longer, healthier life. Neutering will not negatively change your pet’s personality.

By neutering your pet, you’re reducing or eliminating his risk for prostate and testicular cancer, as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Neutering will also reduce or eliminate undesirable and embarrassing behavior, including roaming, fighting, humping, and spraying. In addition, neutering your pet will help control the dog and cat overpopulation problem, keeping more animals out of shelters.

Neutering, which involves removing the testicles, is a surgical procedure and does need to be performed with the pet under anaesthesia. We will provide you with all pre-operative instructions, usually verbally over the phone but also a written description by email. We follow strict protocols and continually monitor your pet’s vital signs to help ensure his safety. There always will be at least 2 persons in our surgical team – a certified veterinary nurse monitoring ( and recording notes regards) the anaesthesia, and the veterinarian performing the surgery. Peri-operative and post-operative pain relief is paramount in our protocols and often includes on-going pain management medication to go home on. Please see the descriptions under Anaesthesia and Patient Monitoring for more information on what we do to keep your pet safe.

To set up an appointment to have your pet neutered or to learn more about this procedure, please call or visit our clinic. If you are struggling with the decision of whether to neuter your pet, please call us or stop by so we can discuss your concerns. Please also refer to our searchable Pet Health Library of articles for more information.