Spaying and neutering in both cats and dogs is most commonly carried out to prevent unwelcomed ‘on heat’ behaviour and unwanted offspring that may come as a result. New Plymouth Vet Group staff are able to carry out desexing treatments for male and female cats and dogs.

Neutering of male dogs sees the testicles removed at around six months of age, and can help reduce aggressive behaviour, roaming, and testicular tumours and prostate problems.

Spaying of female dogs involves surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus at around six months’, and stops ‘on heat’ behaviour, also known as oestrus. The risk of mammary and reproductive tract tumours and serious uterine infections is lowered too.

Cats are desexed under a general anaesthetic at an early age – between two and six months, depending on the vet performing the surgery. Male cats have their testicles removed through a small incision and stitches aren’t required

Female cats have their ovaries and most (if not all) of the uterus removed through a small abdominal incision. If non-dissolvable stitches have been used, these can be removed after around ten days.