Neutering

Sadly in Northern Ireland there are lots of unwanted pets and finding these animals’ homes can be difficult. Unfortunately for many suitable homes cannot be found and this is why we recommend neutering young animals just as they reach sexual maturity. Neutering is a term used to describe the castration of males and the spaying of female pets.

Neutering your Dog

Castration is the surgical removal of the male testis, the organs that produce testosterone and sperm. It is best performed at approximately 6 months of age but it can be done anytime after or a little earlier.

The benefits of having your dog castrated are that he is less likely to roam, there is less chance of prostatic enlargement and/or cancer and it prevents testicular cancer. Also if performed at the recommended age it can reduce the development of dominance and territorial issues.

To spay a female dog is to surgically remove the womb and ovaries from her abdomen. We advise that it is performed before their first heat, if done at this stage it will significantly reduce the chances of your pet taking mammary cancer. Small breed females generally mature at a younger age and therefore show their first heat earlier. Our advice is to spay small breed females at six months and medium to large breeds at 7 to 8 months.

The benefits of spaying are it prevents unwanted pregnancy, stops males stalking your house when she comes into season. It also means you do not have to worry about isolating your pet when in season. It will prevent uterine and ovarian cancer. It will prevent uterine infections (pyometra) which can be life threatening. And not forgetting if done at the right time it will also minimise the risk of mammary (breast) cancer.

Our neutering service is available every weekday. To book your pet in for neutering just call reception or drop by the clinic. Our receptionist will confirm your pet’s details and then we can find a date that suits.

Neutering is a day procedure so your pet will be admitted and discharged in the same day. Castration and spaying are generally safe procedures and we perform pre-operative health checks the morning of admission.

All our patients are sent home with pain relief for a number of days to relieve any discomfort. Some patients may need to wear a collar after their surgery to prevent them licking their wounds.

We offer discounted neutering for certain breeds sponsored by Dogs Trust for pet owners claiming assistance.

Neutering your Cat

Castration is the surgical removal of the male testis, the organs that produce testosterone and sperm. It is generally performed at approximately 6 months of age but it can be done earlier or anytime after.
The benefits of having your male cat castrated are less wandering, roaming and fighting.
Spaying your female cat is the removal of the womb and ovaries from her abdomen by making a small incision on her left side.
The benefits of spaying are it prevents unwanted pregnancy, stops males stalking your house when she comes into season. It also means you do not have to worry about isolating your pet when in season. Also it prevents uterine and ovarian cancer and uterine infections (pyometra) which can be life threatening.
Recently it has been shown that neutering cats at four months old rather than the traditional six months is associated with significantly lower complication rates, shorter surgical time and quicker recovery rates.
At Barry’s Vets we are experienced in early neutering techniques for male and female kittens and will neuter kittens from 16 weeks of age and preferably over 2kg.
Food should not be withheld for more than 3 hours prior to surgery as low blood glucose can occur with small kittens. Kittens are offered food immediately on recovery.
Our neutering service is available every weekday. To book your pet in for neutering just call reception or drop by the clinic. Our receptionist will confirm your pet’s details and then we can find a date that suits.
Neutering is a day procedure so your pet will be admitted and discharged in the same day. Castration and spaying are generally safe procedures and we perform pre-operative health checks the morning of admission.
All our animals are sent home with some pain relief to keep them comfortable. Some may need to wear a collar after surgery to prevent them licking their wounds.
We offer discounted neutering sponsored by the Cats Protection League for pet owners claiming assistance.