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Neutering your dog or cat

Have your dog or cat professionally neutered by the vets at Dierenkliniek Het Zicht to prevent unwanted litters. In addition, castration often improves the health and behaviour of animals. With this treatment the hormone growth is inhibited, which makes animals less inclined to be dominant, to go after their peers and to mark the environment during the castration.

Please contact us for more information or to make an appointment (070 - 366 07 01).

  • Neutering prices
  • Advantages and disadvantages of neutering
  • When do I neuter my pet?
  • The procedure
  • After the surgery

Neutering prices

The pricing of a neutering depend on the animal species and e.g. the weight of your dog or cat. Call our practice for an indication of the cost of your animal's neutering: 070 - 366 07 01.

Advantages and disadvantages of neutering

Advantages

  • Less urge to mate, especially in the vicinity of a bitch or a queen in heat
  • Less dominant and more pleasant behaviour
  • Less chasing after peers and fights
  • Less urge to demarcate territory
  • Less wandering behaviour

Disadvantages

  • Castration does not always lead to a change in behaviour
  • Metabolism slows down, leading to a risk of obesity

Want to know in advance whether castration is the right treatment?

One way to find out if castration is the right treatment for your dog or cat is by chemical castration. Chemical castration tests whether castration leads to a desired change in your pet's behaviour. In these treatments, an implant is placed under the skin, like a chip. This implant stops the production of testosterone for a number of months. Does this lead to a desired change in behaviour? Then you may assume that castration is a suitable treatment. It can also offer a solution if you still want to breed with your animal.

Is there little or no change in behaviour? Then it is probably better to see a behavioural trainer to work on unwanted behaviour.

When do I neuter my pet?

In general, we recommend neutering an animal when it is between six and twelve months old. However, the age at which castration is recommended varies from species to species. Indeed, certain animals are more dominant of their own accord, which can lead to undesirable behaviour at an earlier age.

Castration at an early age does not have to be carried out for health reasons, but it can be carried out on animals of an older age. Among other things, castration of an older animal is carried out on animals with an increased risk of:

  • Enlarged prostate
  • Inflammations (of the foreskin)
  • Tumours

The procedure

Neutering is a safe procedure in which we have a lot of experience. Your animal can often go home the same day after treatment. In general, the procedure is as follows:

  • You bring your pet to the clinic, after which we examine its health prior to the operation. Among other things, we carry out pre-anaesthetic blood tests and check the heart function with the ECG.
  • Based on the results of the tests and previous anaesthetic experiences with your pet, we will administer the necessary anaesthetic.
  • Your pet will be placed under general anaesthesia and the testicles will be removed by making a small hole in the skin.
  • Using an ECG device, a respirator and the capnograph, among other things, our vet nurses continuously monitor the health of your animal during the operation.
  • After the operation your animal will recover from anaesthesia in our recovery room. These rooms have a heat lamp to offer your animal optimal comfort.
  • When your animal has recovered sufficiently, we will call you to pick him/her up. You will be given instructions on aftercare and medication so that your animal will recover well and quickly.
     

vets examine dog for surgery vet neuters dog in surgery

After the surgery

Just like after spaying, it is also possible that the metabolism of your animal slows down because the hormone growth is inhibited. To prevent obesity, it is advisable to adjust your animal's diet.

vet nurse with cat

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