South Devon Veterinary Hospital offers a full range of surgical services, operating to the highest standards. We have four dedicated operating theaters providing ophthalmic (eye), soft tissue, orthopedic (bone) and keyhole surgery as well as routine procedures such as neutering and dentistry.  We also offer referral surgical services. To meet our surgeons why not visit our staff page.

Having your pet neutered

Neutering has many benefits for both you and your pet. As a responsible pet owner you’ll also be doing your part to prevent any more animals being abandoned, dumped or given away because there aren’t enough homes to go around. We have an advice page on neutering for more information.

Why should I neuter my pet?

For more information take a look at our neutering advice page.

What is neutering?

Neutering is the gender neutral name for surgically preventing pets from reproducing. In males it is called ‘castration’ and in females it is called ‘spaying’. The term for both males and females who have not been neutered is ‘entire’.

What will happen when my pet is neutered at South Devon Veterinary Hospital?

All animals for neutering need to have had a recent health check with a vet to ensure that there aren’t any problems before being put under and anaesthetic.

We ask that cats and dogs (NOT rabbits) are starved overnight before being admitted with a nurse in the morning. Dogs, cats and rabbits are kept separately and will have their own comfortable kennel (have a look at the tour for pictures). All animals will have an intravenous catheter placed to make the anaesthetic as safe as possible. Just before surgery all animals receive a personalised premedication to relax them and provide pain relief before the surgery takes place.

Once animals have been put under anaesthetic the surgical site is scrubbed clean before moving through to theatre. When a male is castrated both testicles are removed which not only prevents reproduction but also takes away the main source of the hormone testosterone. In females spaying involves removing either; the ovaries and uterus (ovariohistorectomy) or the ovaries alone (ovariectomy). At South Devon Hospital we routinely perform ovariectomys in dogs and cats as numerous studies have shown this provides the benefits of spaying but with less trauma.

Once the surgery is complete your pet will recover under the supervision of a registered vet nurse and will be given repeat pain relief as needed. Most animals don’t take long to recover and are soon keen to go home. All animals are sent home the same day with continuing pain relief and are seen for a post- operation check within a few days of surgery. Depending on the type of surgery your animal has had they may also need to wear a lampshade/ Elizabethan collar.

Laproscopic/ Key hole spay

At South Devon Veterinary Hospital we are able to offer the latest in minimally invasive surgery which has been shown to shorten recovery time significantly. We are also able to neuter male dogs with retained testicles using keyhole surgery

More information

If you have any further questions regarding when and whether to neuter your animal we suggest you make an appointment with a vet either online or by calling 01626 367 972.