There are a great many reasons why neutering your dog is probably a very good idea.

Getting the timing right

Following your puppy's primary vaccination course, we'll see your puppy monthly, until they’re 6 months. During a consultation we will weigh them, organise their flea and worm treatments, as well as discuss their general care and any concerns you may have.

At these appointments we will discuss when is the right time for your puppy to be castrated or spayed. For older pets, we would be happy to see you and your pet for a pre -neutering consultation, during this consultation we can discuss the pros and cons of the procedure.

When to neuter your dog

Here at Folly Gardens we are aware that a ‘one size fits all’ policy doesn’t really work! We see lots different breeds, and temperament of dog and there many things that need to be discussed when deciding on when to neuter your pet.

It may be suitable to spay (females) and castrate (males) from as early as six months of age, but some female dogs are best to have a season first and some males can benefit from being neutered slightly later in life.

Why neuter your dog?

Neutering is a sensible option for most dogs. You will be offered a consultation with your vet to help you make a decision. We will discuss all the pros and cons, as well as some of the behavioural aspects affecting the decision.

Neutering is important in preventing unwanted pregnancy, and roaming. Neutering females can help to greatly reduce the risk of many cancers such as ovarian, uterine and mammary neoplasia, as well as preventing false pregnancies and serious life threatening uterine infections, known as pyometra. Neutering males again helps to prevent health problems associated with the prostate and testes and can be of benefit in certain behavioural situations (it may also NOT be appropriate in certain behavioural cases, but our behaviourist and vets will discuss individual cases).

For full details please download our leaflet below

Having your dog neutered


How do I get my dog booked in?

  • Phone the practice to book in for a free of charge pre neutering check with Folly gardens.
  • It’s a day’s stay at the vets. Drop them off in the morning and collect in the evening, your pet will need a general anaesthetic and some extra TLC at home afterwards. (Check out our booklet below).
  • It may be appropriate for your pet to have a pre anaesthetic blood test.

After care

It is important to avoid trauma, licking, scratching etc. to the wound your pet may need to wear a buster collar or ‘pet shirt’. Your vet and nurse will advise you on discharge.

Your pet will need a post op check 2-3 days later and about 10-12 later to remove any stitches.

Your pet will need to be properly rested after the operation to prevent any complication.


We are now one of the first clinics locally to offer your pet the option of keyhole surgery. Laparoscopic (or keyhole) surgery has been the preferred options for many forms of human surgery for some years now. The technique of making two or three tiny access wounds and using a camera and fine, specialist instruments to neuter, take biopsies or perform exploratory surgery to assist a diagnosis, is much less invasive than open surgery. Patient pain is lessened, wound healing is accelerated and the risk of infection is reduced. This means more procedures can be done as day cases and usually, animals will recover more quickly. To find out more about the benefits of keyhole surgery, especially when spaying, please call either our vet clinic in Tewkesbury on 01684 292244 or our vet clinic in Bishop's Cleeve on 01242 679880.

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Neutering your dog is a sensible option to prevent unwanted pregnancies, male roaming and some behavioural challenges. Neutering can also help prevent some diseases, cancer and uterine infections.

Call us now on (01684) 292244 or (01242) 679880