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Surgery and Neutering

At Vets on the Common we perform a range of routine surgical procedures, as well as more advanced orthopaedic and soft tissue operations. We have two brand new operating theatres, as well as luxury Casco Wellness Kennels so that our patients can recover in peace and comfort. We also have a visiting orthopaedic surgeon who can perform specialist procedures at our practice, such as advanced knee surgery, meaning you do not need to travel far from home for your pet to get the treatment they need. 

Do I need to neuter my pet?

Many of our pets will benefit from being neutered, which means surgically removing their ovaries or testicles. This is a routine day procedure, which means your pet will be home with you by the end of the day. Our experienced surgeons make the smallest incisions possible, and the stitches are hidden under the skin and dissolve on their own, meaning nothing has to be removed later on. Once your pet's fur grows back, you will hardly notice any scars at all!

The benefits of neutering dogs:

  • reduced risk of several cancers such as mammary (breast), ovarian and testicular cancer.

  • reduced risk of certain common prostatic diseases in older male dogs.

  • reduction in sexual behaviour, marking and roaming in male dogs. Can also sometimes reduce aggression between dogs.

  • eliminate the risk of life-threatening pyometras in females (infection of the uterus)

  • prevents unwanted pregnancies and controls the pet population.

  • reduced mess, as entire females will bleed twice a year for around 2 weeks. 

  • pregnancy can be dangerous and expensive, as some dogs can experience life-threatening complications during birth, especially in flat-faced breeds.

  • Entire females can experience phantom pregnancies, which can lead to health and behavioural problems and require medication to resolve.

The benefits of neutering cats:

  • reduction in the risk of mammary cancer and elimination in the risk of pyometras (infected uterus).

  • control of nuisance-female cats will come into heat roughly every 3 weeks during the mating season, and will show distressing behavioural changes such as constant calling for mates. This will also attract male cats, which can lead to cat fighting, spraying and calling.

  • Entire male cats will spray furniture around the house, with a pungent smell.

  • Entire cats are at a higher risk of catching infectious diseases and abscesses, as they are more likely to fight with other cats and strays.

  • controls the cat population. The UK has a serious cat population problem, with thousands of cats in need of a home. Entire cats that go outside can get pregnant very easily, having up to 3 litters a year.

The benefits of neutering rabbits and ferrets:

  • reduction in the risk of several cancers, especially uterine cancer in females (a shocking 80% of female rabbits will develop uterine cancer by the age of 3).

  • can reduce fighting between rabbits and reduce aggression towards humans

  • reduction in spraying by male rabbits.

  • prevention in unwanted pregnancies, which can even happen between siblings

  • ferrets can benefit from neutering as it will prevent unwanted pregnancies, reduce fighting, reduce strong musk smells of males and prevent prolonged seasons in females, which can lead to life-threatening anaemia. 

  • Neutered ferrets are at a higher risk of developing a disease of the adrenal gland later in life, called Cushing's Disease. Hormonal implants are a way of preventing this while still allowing for the benefits of neutering. 

  • We can also neuter guinea pigs and rats.


Are there situations where neutering may not be the best option for my pet?

We advise neutering for most female dogs and both male and female cats. If you are planning on breeding your pet, we advise speaking to one of our vets for advice and whether this is a safe option. Factors to take into consideration are the age of your pet, any health issues which may be hereditary, and whether you as owners are prepared for the process, risks and costs.

Some male dogs are not suitable for castration if they display certain behavioural issues, such as fear aggression. In this case we might advise seeing a behaviourist rather than neutering. We also offer a 6 or 12 month implant (chemical castration), which blocks the production of testosterone temporarily. This is a great option for owners who are unsure about castration, as the effects of the implant are reversible. This implant can also be used in ferrets, and cats.

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