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World Spay Day 2018

The idea of World Spay Day is to shine a light on the problem of overpopulation of dogs and cats globally.

Neutering doesn’t just prevent unwanted pregnancies and the difficulty of finding suitable home for litters but neutering can improve your pets health as it prevents diseases and certain cancers.

Neutering, spaying and castration are generally day patient procedures and in most cases pets recover in a few days, although they need closely monitoring and exercise restricting for 7-10 days.

Neutering myths

  • Overfeeding and under exercising is the biggest cause of obesity. The health benefits of neutering make it important still to neuter and all pets weight needs closely monitoring, before and after neutering however neutered pets require less food.
  • Neutering won’t change your pets personality. However some behaviours linked to hormones may be impacted. If you have an aggressive dog then it is definitely worth talking to a trained behaviourist or veterinary surgeon before using castration to fix the aggression as it is probably not the answer.
  • Changes to Kennel Club regulations say that neutered pedigree dogs can be still be shown.

Reasons to neuter your cats

Females (Queens)

  • Female cats can get pregnant from four months of age and can have up to six kittens per litter and three litters per year! Spaying or ovariohysterectomy is surgically removing the ovaries and uterus of your cat via a wound usually made on your cats flank (left hand side)
  • Spaying female cats eliminates the risk ofunwanted pregnancies.
  • It means you don’t have to manage a cat in season.
  • The spay procedure greatly reduces the risk of mammary (breast) cancer and getting a womb infection called pyometra.


  • Castration is the removal of both testicles via incisions in the scrotum, taking away the main source of the male hormone testosterone.
  • Reducing the levels of testosterone can reduce the risk of intermale fighting, which in turn reduces the risk of them contracting “Feline Aids” FIV or Feline Leukaemia. It can also reduce the inclination to roam, which can lead to more incidences of road traffic accidents and getting lost

Reasons to neuter your dogs

Females (Bitches)

  • Spaying or ovariohysterectomy is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus, via a surgical wound on the midline of your pets abdomen (underside)
  • Spaying will prevent the risk of unwanted pregnancies. It will prevent you having to manage a bitch
    in season, which means that they can be walked without the risk of attracting unwanted male
    dog attention.
  • Spaying a bitch before her first season can significantly improve their health. It reduces the risk of mammary (breast) cancer by 70%, it removes the risk of the womb infection called pyometra and removed the risk of ovarian cancer.


  • Castration is the removal of both testicles via incisions in the scrotum, taking away the main source of the male hormone testosterone.
  • Castration decreases the risk of prostatic disease, testicular and perianal cancers

What happens when your pet is admitted for a neutering procedure

Our veterinary surgeons perform neutering operations everyday and in most cases on young, well animals it is what is termed a routine procedure. However, a general anaesthetic is required so this does always pose a certain level of risk. Your pet is admitted by a veterinary surgeon so there is always opportunity to discuss the risks with the vets before your pet is admitted.

Pets are given a sedation injection once they are admitted to their kennel to calm them which means they need less anaesthetic injection and also helps to settle them in their unfamiliar environment. The area of the wound is shaved and cleaned once your pet is asleep under the anaesthetic and Abbey House has very strict cleaning protocols for the cleaning and sterilising of the theatres, instruments, vets and nurses performing the procedures. Pain relief is given to patients having a neutering procedure.

Generally patients go home the same day and they will need to be kept warm and dry as the anaesthetic stops them from being able to regulate their own temperature for 24 hours after it has been given. They will need a light dinner, chicken and rice or tuna is often suggested or a tin of specific post-operative food can be purchased from us. Post-operative care is important and it will take about 10 days before the wound has healed fully. Often plastic collars are given on discharge to stop your pet licking their wound. It is important that they don’t lick or nibble the skin around the wound. Exercise should be restricted for 24 hours and then lead exercise only until the wound has healed completely. A post-operative check is done at the surgery by a nurse after three days to see how recovery and healing is going. We are a 24-hour hospital so we are on hand at any point if your have concerns or questions about your pets after their surgery.