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Northvet recommend neutering all animals which are not going to be used for breeding

Points to think about before breeding :

  1. Is your pet suitable? Some dogs need to be hip scored and eye tested.
  2. Is there a suitable mate available who has had all the relevant health tests?
  3. Do you have time for a pregnant animal and the subsequent litter?
  4. Are you prepared if things don’t go according to plan?
  5. Not all pregnancies and births are straightforward.
  6. Are you going to be able to find suitable homes for the whole litter, and would you be prepared to take a puppy or kitten back if things don’t work out in their new home.

If you do decide to breed we still recommend neutering afterwards.

Litter of kittens

Did you know…

An un-neutered female cat could be responsible for 20,000 descendants in just 5 years!

Have questions about Neutering?

An old wives tale

Bitches and queens do not need to have had a season before they are neutered .

Health benefits are actually greater the earlier they are done.

Case Study: Speying a bitch

  • Meet Tessa!


    Tessa is a 6 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is in to be speyed. 

  • Welcome Tessa!

    Tessa arrives at the surgery at 9.00am having been starved overnight.

    We weigh her so we can calculate an accurate dose of anaesthetic to give her.

    She gets a pre-anaesthetic check where we record her vital signs. We fill in an anaesthetic monitoring chart where we record her heart rate and breathing throughout the surgery.

    She then receives her pre-med. which includes a painkiller, and is left quietly for 15-20 minutes for this to take effect.

  • Induction of anaesthetic

    Dog receiving anaesthetic

    Once the pre-med has taken effect we place a catheter into a vein in the front leg. This allows us to inject the anaesthetic agent and is used to put her on a drip during surgery.

  • Maintaining anaesthesia

    Dog connected to anaestheticTessa is connected to the gaseous anaesthetic machine by a tube which goes down her windpipe.

  • Surgical site preparation

    Dog being prepared for surgeryThe operation site is clipped in preparation for surgery.

  • Preparation

    Preparation for the operationTessa is then moved through to the operating theatre where the surgical site is cleaned with special surgical scrub. During this time the vet prepares the instruments and scrubs up.

  • The Operation

    OperationBlue sterile drapes are used on the operation site and for setting the instruments on.

    Tessa’s heart rate and breathing are monitored constantly throughout the operation.

  • A successful operation!

    Dog after operation

    Once the operation is complete, Tessa is taken off the anaesthetic machine, her endotracheal tube is removed and she is taken through to the recovery kennels.

  • Hello again Tessa...

    Dog SleepingShe gradually comes round from her anaesthetic and is soon awake enough to go home.

    She is discharged with 3 days of pain relief.

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