What is Neutering?

Neutering is the process whereby animal companions are surgically prevented from reproducing. In males the operation is called ‘castration’; in females, ‘spaying’. Both of these operations are performed under general anaesthetic.

When a male is castrated both testicles are removed, which takes away the main source of the male hormone testosterone. As the testosterone levels fall to a minimal level after castration, the effects of this hormone are also reduced.

When a female is spayed both the ovaries and the uterus (womb) are removed. This means that the animal is unable to become pregnant, and will no longer come into season.

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