Manor Farm Veterinary Surgery

Neutering

Castration & Spaying of dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets

Dogs

There are many reasons for neutering:

In bitches it prevents unwanted puppies and the inconvenience of coping with a bitch in heat.
It avoids reproductive problems and uterus infections, and if neutering is done when the bitch is young, it may greatly reduce the risk of mammary tumours.
In male dogs it can help with some behavioural problems.

Please contact us to discuss the possible benefits of neutering and the optimum timing for the surgery.

Cats

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There are many reasons for neutering:

In queens (females) it prevents unwanted kittens, avoids reproductive problems and uterus infections, and reduces the risk of mammary tumours
In toms (males) it reduces the urge to wander , so they are less likely to have traffic accidents or get into fights, it also reduces the tendency to spray urine, and prevents the distinctive "Tom Cat" smell

We can spay female cats from 5 months old - we advise spaying before 6 months old to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Male cats can be castrated from 6 months old.

Rabbits

Neutering rabbits obviously prevents unwanted pregnancies, it also can reduce aggression and dominant behaviour. Does (female rabbits) are very susceptible to uterine tumours and we recommend neutering to prevent these.

Ferrets

Ferret
Neutering male ferrets can reduce aggression (and smell). In recent times, it has come to light that surgically neutering ferrrets, both male and female, may result in adrenal disease, so we no longer recommend this where possible.
The Jill or female ferret is an "induced ovulator", once she has come into oestrus it will persist until she is mated. Prolonged oestrus means a prolonged exposure to oestrogen, which eventually causes bone marrow suppression, anaemia, and sometimes death.
A hormone injection (Delvosterone) can be used once the Jill is in season to suppress the oestrus, but is not a permanent solution. It is also possible to use a vasectomised male to mate with the jill and therefore bring her out of season - please contact us to discuss vasectomising ferrets.
A hormone implant (Suprelorin) can be used in both Jills and Hobs to chemically neuter them without causing the medical problems associated with surgical neutering. The implant needs to be replaced evey 18-24 months, usually under a light gaseous anaesthetic.