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Pet Neutering

Dog, Cat & Rabbit Neutering

Here at Eastcott Vets, we offer a kind and comprehensive Swindon pet neutering service for dogs, cats, and rabbits. You can book in your pet's neutering online through our website, or call and speak with one of our Swindon vet practices directly. Whichever way you choose, Eastcott Vets will make your pet neutering procedure hassle-free.

What is pet neutering?

Neutering stops females and males from reproducing, this procedure is performed under general anaesthesia, and your pet would stay with us as a day patient. Neutering has multiple health benefits and enables us to make a better world for pets.

Did you know… neutering can have significant preventative health care benefits for your pet?

Whether you have a new puppy or kitten at home, or a slightly older pet, neutering can play an important part of their healthcare for a happy and healthy lifestyle.

At Blythwood Vets, your pet is in the safest of hands. We have a team of experienced veterinary surgeons and registered veterinary nurses along with the best facilities to ensure your pets are well looked after. 

What’s more, members of our Pet Health for Life plan can claim a 10% discount on any neutering treatment following an initial consultation with one of our vets to discuss when’s the right time for your pet.

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Benefits of neutering your pet

Neutering is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia to remove part or all of an animal’s reproductive organs, preventing them from reproducing. In males, it is called castration and in females, spaying.

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies and womb infections
  • Can help prevent tumours and breast cancer
  • Can also help prevent testicular cancer and prostate disease
  • Assists in preventing roaming and aggressive behaviour
  • It’s normal to neuter! 86% of owned cats and 71% of owned dogs in the UK are neutered*

*PSDA Paws report 2020

When's the right time for my pet?

For a male and female cats we recommend any time from four months 

For a male dog, we recommend anytime from 6 months. We will take into consideration your pets weight breed and behaviour. For a female dog, we recommend you get them neutered pre-season or at least three months after their season. 

Common questions and procedure information

Should I let my dog/cat/rabbit have one litter before spaying her?

This happens to be a common question, and there are no known health benefits to letting your dog, cat, or rabbit have a litter.

General anaesthesia

Your pet requires a general anaesthetic for neutering; here at Eastcott Vets, we have measures in place to ensure their safety during the procedure. A dedicated Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) will monitor your pet throughout their surgery and recovery.

All anaesthesia comes with some form of risk; however, these are very low, especially neutering, as pets are often young, fit, and healthy when having this procedure. Risk levels of anaesthesia increase with a pet’s age, certain breeds and if your pet has any underlying health conditions, but we can also perform a pre-anaesthetic blood test before your pet’s surgery to detect any underlying illnesses; this can be discussed when booking in for the procedure and on the day of their surgery.

In terms of rabbits, although they are considered ‘high risk’ under anaesthesia, the health benefits alone far outweigh the risks, and over the years, rabbit anaesthesia has become much safer.

Your pet will receive a premedication to relax them and will also receive two types of pain relief.  Rest assured the Eastcott Vets team will be with your pet every step of the way.

Your pet will stay the day with us

On admission, we will discuss the procedure and go through the consent form. Please note we must gain a signature from the registered owner (over 18) or authorised agent on the consent form. Your dog, cat or rabbit will be admitted as a ‘day patient’, and they will be discharged later that day once our team are happy with how your pet has recovered. During your pet’s discharge appointment, the Eastcott team will go through everything you need to know about caring for your pet after their surgery and their pain relief medication. We are always at the end of the telephone for you and your pet, so please contact us if you have any further questions once you have your pet settled back at home.

With cats and rabbits being typically more sensitive than dogs to the change of environment in coming to our practice, please note the following: 

For cats, please bring them in a secure cat basket with a blanket that smells of home. Cats are territorial creatures who prefer to stay in areas familiar to them; click here to read how you can prepare for travelling to us with your cat. 

For rabbits, bring them in a secure box or basket with a blanket that smells of home; we advise rabbits are brought along with their companions to reduce the stress of separation between a bonded pair. Bringing your rabbits lunch is also preferable. We require rabbits to eat relatively quickly after a general anaesthetic; having their favourite foods on hand speeds up their recovery time so we can have your rabbit back home with you as soon as possible.

Here at Eastcott Vets, we hold the ISFM Silver accreditation, which means we have everything in place to make your pets' stay with us a pleasant one.

Also, Eastcott Vets' Pet Health For Life plan members can claim a 10% discount off any neutering procedure. Our health club offers preventative healthcare, and you could be saving each year on what you spend on your pet treatment-wise. To find out more, click here


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Eastcott Veterinary Clinic & Hospital
Edison Business Park
Hindle Way, Off Dorcan Way,

Telephone: 01793 528341
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