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De-Sexing/Neutering your Pet

Cats 

Spaying (queen) and castration (tom) is strongly recommended and can be done from 5 months. These are generally straightforward procedures that only require your animal to be in for the day. We ask you to drop your cat off with us between 8 and 8:30 on the morning of the procedure having been fasted from 8pm the night before. If it’s easier, we can admit them to the hospital the night before their surgery at no extra charge. 

 

Dogs

Spaying and castration is strongly recommended in dogs. In Taranaki we have a large number of unwanted dogs looking for a home already - if your dog isn’t prime breeding stock and you’re not planning to make a career out of it - then we strongly encourage you to get your animal neutered.

In bitches, generally spaying is best done before the first season, which is typically around 6 months. We’ll chat through your options though when you come in for your puppy health exam and work out when is best for your pet.

In dogs, we usually recommend castration around the 6 month mark - though again this can vary for individual dogs. 

If you are planning to breed your dog, come and talk to us! We do offer pregnancy ultrasounds and support so we can help you avoid some of the pitfalls and make sure you get the best outcome for your bitch.

 

Rabbits

We neuter rabbits from around 5 months of age. Uterine cancer is not uncommon in entire female rabbits and spaying removes this risk. If you have boy and girl rabbits kept together, you'll definitely want to neuter them (unless you want lots of baby rabbits running around). Rabbits should NOT be starved prior to surgery, unlike cats and dogs, and will need a careful eye kept on them post surgery to make sure they eat normally and don't pull out their stitches.

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