Neutering in Yarm

Neutering is a service that Jacqui Paterson’s veterinary service offers to its’ clients in Yarm and throughout the surrounding areas. Neutering refers to when an animal’s reproductive organs are removed so that it cannot reproduce. There is often a misconception that neutering only refers to male animals, but the term can apply to both sexes.

Neutering is a relatively quick procedure so if you wish to get your pet neutered, the best thing to do is speak to your vet, who will be able to advise you about the cost of the procedure, as well as the best time to neuter your pet – it is not necessary to let your pet have a litter first. Operations are carried out under general anaesthetic and animals usually recover quickly.


Neutering has benefits that not only apply to dogs and cats, but also to other animals such as rabbits and ferrets. These benefits, regardless of what type of animal is neutered, include a reduced risk of them being stolen for breeding, reduces vet fees for problems during pregnancy/birth and also, other reproductive problems that can develop later in life.


In female dogs (bitches) the neutering procedure is called spaying. It involves removing the ovaries and the womb (uterus), meaning that your dog will no longer be able to become pregnant. In males, on the other hand, the procedure is called castration, in which it consists of having the testicles removed – this is the main source of the hormone testosterone, so levels of this hormone fall after the surgery.

Benefits for Female Dogs

  • Prevention of uterine infections (Pyometra)
  • No longer coming in to season which prevents bleeding and unwanted and attention and mating behaviour from males
  • Preventing surprise pregnancies
  • A much lower risk of mammary tumours
  • Prevention of cancer of the uterus and overies


Benefits for Male Dogs

  • Prevention or reduction in aggressive hormonal behaviour
  • Prevention of urine marking and roaming
  • Prevention of testicular cancer
  • Reduction of prostatic diseases, including cancer


If you would like any more information regarding the neutering process, feel free to get in touch with a member of our friendly team on 01642 604555, where we will be able to discuss this procedure further with you. We know that having your pet neutered can be a worrying time, which is why we’re here to put your mind at ease.