Improve your pet’s health and avoid those unwanted surprises

The decision to spay or neuter your pet is very important; it could be the best decision you make for your pet’s long-term welfare. At Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital we believe neutering is financially sensible and the most responsible action to take if you don’t intend to breed from your pet.

Not only will you avoid unwanted litters (they can be a handful to say the least), the straightforward procedure can also prevent certain illnesses and behaviour.


We recommend that bitches are spayed at five and a half to six months of age, prior to their first season. At this age, spaying hugely decreases the risk of future development of mammary tumours. If they have had a season, we would recommend that they are spayed three to four months after the season.

Unneutered bitches are at increased risk of mammary tumours, and may go on to develop pyometra, a potentially fatal uterine infection.

Male dogs are best castrated between six and nine months of age, depending on breed. After this age they can be castrated at any age. Unneutered males are at greater risk of developing prostatic disease and anal tumours, as well as testicular tumours.


We recommend that male and female cats are neutered from four to six months of age, to help reduce the huge problem of unwanted and unplanned litters. This is especially important in homes with kittens of the opposite sex, as breeding can and will occur even if they are related! We have also joined the Cat’s Protection early neutering scheme and will neuter feral or at risk cats from as early as eight weeks of age to ensure that these cats get neutered.


We recommend the neutering of all rabbits at four to five months of age. They make much better pets after neutering, and unneutered females are very prone to phantom pregnancy and uterine carcinomas.

For more information on neutering, or to book an appointment with a member of our veterinary team, please call 01325 380111 or email Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital at

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