We recommend that all cats, dogs and rabbits being kept as pets, should be desexed.

Spaying of females and castration of males are common procedures that we perform daily. Both procedures require the pet to undergo a general anaesthetic, during which they are closely monitored to ensure their safety. Pets will need to be kept quiet afterwards while their surgical wounds heal. Most animals "bounce back" very quickly.

  • Spaying involves removal of the ovaries and uterus.
  • Castration involves removal of both testicles.

Desexing can have many health and social benefits for your animal. Benefits include reduction of aggressive behaviours and reduced tendency to wander in both sexes. Unspayed female cats and dogs attract males from far away and need to be confined for several weeks when they are in season. Uncastrated males, cats in particular, are often involved in fights and tomcats may mark their territory by 'spraying' urine in the house.

Desexing before sexual maturity, usually around 4-6 months of age, also reduces the chances of your pet getting some tumours: including but not limited to mammary cancer and testicular cancer. Unspayed female dogs are also at risk of getting life threatening infections of the uterus. Older uncastrated male dogs often suffer from ongoing complications associated with enlargement of the prostate.

New Plymouth District Council offers cheaper registration for desexed dogs.


For more information on:


If you do not intend to breed from your pet we strongly recommend desexing – please contact us for further information and bookings.

If you do intend to breed from your pet we recommend discussing this with your veterinarian, to ensure the best outcome.