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Sterilisation/ Castration

Male cats
Our advice is to castrate cats around the age of 6-8 months. Castration diminishes the chance of urine spraying behaviour when the cat becomes sexually mature and prevents the typical strong "male cat urine smell".

Female cats
Our advice is to sterilize female cats around the age of 6-8 months. This way unwanted litters are prevented and the risks of mammary gland tumors and uterus problems are diminished at an elder age.

Male dogs
Surgical castration of male dogs is solely necessary in case of problems: runaway behaviour, foreskin inflammation, etc,
or if the owner wishes castration. In most cases foreskin inflammation diminishes or disappears after castration. Runaway behaviour and being very active might be diminished by surgical castration, but not in all cases. A chemical castration using a microchip with hormones gives an impression about the usefullness of surgical castration. Chemical castration lasts for about 6 months. Ask the assistants about the possibilities.

Female dogs
Small female dogs can be sterilized at the age of 6 months. Bigger female dogs (> 10kg) should first have been in heat at least once. They can be sterilized about 100 days (+/- 3 months) after the first heat, to ensure that the hormone levels are at the lowest possible point.
Sterilization at early age diminishes the chance of mammary gland tumors and Diabetes Mellitus. Also it prevents uterusproblems (uterine infection) at elderly age.

Rabbit (male)
Male rabbits can be castrated from the age 5 months, to prevent unwanted litters.

Rabbit (female)
Our advice is to sterilize female rabbits at approximately 1 year of age. Sterilization of female rabbits is a relatively large operation. Despite this, it is strongly recommended, to prevent uterus cancer at an elder age.

Do you have questions about the castration/ sterilisation of your pet? Please ask our assistants for more information.

After sterilization/ castration your pet uses up less energy than before the surgery. They are therefore inclined to gain weight. After surgery we recommend Vet Essential support nutrition for dogs and cats as normal nutrition.If desired, our assistants can help you in maintaining your pet's weight after the sterilisation/ castration, (take look at our Weight Control Program).