Neutering Your Dog

Neutering is when a vet prevents a male or female dog from reproducing through surgery. In male dogs this is called castration. In female dogs it’s called spaying.

Health Benefits for Your Dog
  • Reduces the risk of certain cancer; Breast (‘Mammary’) and in males significantly reduces the risk of prostate disease and other cancers.
  • Pregnancy and birth can be risky for mum.
  • Many females can develop false pregnancies after their seasons, which although natural can induce behavioural and medical problems.
How it Helps You
  • Less expense in the long run. Puppies require a lot of care and treatments that are costly before they head off to their new homes.
  • Mess. Females can bleed and produce discharge for up to three weeks.
  • An unspayed female requires you to be extra vigilant. You should be checking their nipples and mammary glands every three months to help spot tumours.

Please note: If your dog has any kind of behaviour problem, we would advise you to seek expert advice prior to neutering. A discussion with your vet or a qualified behaviourist would be ideal.

Our Dogs

All dogs at WARS are neutered prior to adoption, the cost for which is included in the adoption fee. If your dog is too young to be neutered, and our vet has advised to wait until a certain age, we will provide you with a neutering voucher and contract, to ensure this is done at the appropriate age.

Neutering Your Cat

Why Should you Neuter Your Cat?

Population control is a huge factor when considering neutering your cat. The UK is overrun with cats needing rescue spaces, and a lot of UK shelters and rescue centres are working to full capacity. This includes unwanted litters of kittens needing space. It is important to neuter a female cat before she can have kittens herself, which can happen very quickly depending on breed, time of year born and individual development. The first season usually occurs around six months but can be earlier. Did you know that a female cat can have up to three litters in a year?

Reduce neighbourhood nuisance. Cats will often cat call if not neutered. This increases noise disturbance in your neighbourhood and fighting amongst cats. Spraying also occurs, which isn’t pleasant.

Reduce wildlife issues. Cats with kittens will hunt to provide food for their litters, which means more wildlife being hunted for feed.

Health Benefits for Your Cat
  • Contracting and spreading infectious disease such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) which can be fatal.
  • Reducing the risk of womb infections
  • Reducing the risk of tumours and certain cancers, for example mammary cancer, which is over 90% less likely if cats are spayed before six months old.
  • Neutering helps your cat to stay healthy. A female cat can have up to 18 kittens a year which is a lot of extra mouths to feed and can cause her to lose condition, be more vulnerable to disease. and add pressure to her body.
  • Reducing the risk of roaming far away to find a mate, and making it less likely they will get lost or injured in a car accident, which can be fatal or very costly.
Recovery Time

Your cat will be back on their feet within hours of their operation. It’s normal for them to be a little wobbly, tired or even excitable from the medication when they come home after being under aesthetic, so keep an eye on them. However, by the next day your cat should be eating and feeling much brighter. On average the wound should completely heal in around 10 days. Ensure you take them for any check-up appointments and that your vet is happy with their healing.

Our Cats

All cats at WARS are neutered prior to adoption, the cost for which is included in the adoption fee.