All neutering involves an anaesthetic and operation for your pet, and as such does incur slight risks. However, all of our vets and nurses are highly skilled and qualified at performing these procedures, and familiar with the anaesthetic protocols required.
Neutering your pet at an early age reduces the chance of health problems causing any complications, either at the time of surgery, or during recovery.
Pre-anaesthetic blood testing can help us identify underlying health problems, as well as providing a baseline of results that can be useful for comparison in later life. Please see our separate section about this, for more detailed information.
Overweight females may have increased surgical risks associated with the amount of fat surrounding their reproductive organs and blood vessels.
After neutering, all animals have a lower metabolism. As such, there is the inevitable likelihood of weight gain, unless their food amount is reduced, or they are converted to a lower calorie diet. Weight gain begins as soon as a few days after neutering. We will gladly give you advice on how to avoid this, including information about specialist life-stage diets designed specifically with neutered pets in mind (e.g. Royal Canin’s Neutered Adult range, for dogs and cats).