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Neutering is the process of surgically preventing animals to reproduce. In males, this is known as castration, and in females it is called spaying. The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic.


Female spaying is the procedure of removing the womb and ovaries, meaning they are unable to become pregnant. At Harvest Veterinary Clinic, we also offer Keyhole Spay for female dogs.

Male castration is the procedure of removing the testicles. This takes away the main source of the hormone testosterone.

How much does it cost?

  • The cost of neutering is calculated based on your pet’s weight. For an up-to-date costing, please give the surgery a call on 01293 884422.

When should I neuter?

  • Most breed of dogs can be neutered from 6 months, and larger breeds from 8 months
  • Female dogs can be spayed before her first season or 2-4 months after her season
  • Female and male cats are neutered from 6 months

Does my pet need to stay in overnight?

Animals are admitted between 08:00-09:00 with a nurse, and discharged the same evening between 16:00-18:30. We will ask that you give us a call in the afternoon for an update and when they are able to go home. Please read the pre-operative information, provided to you by reception or below on the website, before your pet’s admission.

What are the benefits?

  • Preventing unwanted litters and adding to the ever-growing population in need of homes
  • Lessening male urges to roam and fight
  • Reducing males chasing females in heat
  • Limiting male’s excessive sexual behaviour towards female dogs, people and inanimate objects
  • Stopping phantom pregnancies in female dogs, leading to distress and behavioural problems
  • Females dogs can produce a bloody discharge for three weeks or more when in heat
  • Ruling out pregnancy and birth risks to the female and her offspring
  • Animals don’t respect family relationships – siblings will mate, often leading to offspring with birth abnormalities
  • Vets fees for problems during and after pregnancy. Offspring needing treatment, vaccinations, microchipping etc