As a general rule we are in favour of neutering dogs, cats and rabbits who are not going to be bred from, but we like to discuss the pros and cons of this decision with every pet owner before booking an animal in for surgery. This discussion may happen at the time of initial vaccination of a new pet or at an adolescent clinic with one of our veterinary nurses or you may choose to book an appointment with a vet, specifically to discuss this issue.

Having made the decision to have an animal neutered we can book the procedure for you. We carry out these operations Monday to Friday at our Henley surgery where we will book you an early morning admission appointment between 7.30 and 9.00am. We can also perform some neutering procedures at our Twyford surgery.

Your pet must have nothing to eat from 8pm the evening before admission but should have access to water right through the night.

On admission your pet is weighed and receives a thorough pre-anaesthetic examination before being premedicated and settled into a comfortable kennel.

After surgery your pet is closely monitored during the recovery period and, when awake enough will be taken back to his or her kennel and into the care of the ward nurse.

The veterinary surgeon will telephone you after the procedure to update you. We will make you a discharge appointment so that a veterinary nurse can run through post-operative care with you and answer any questions you may have.

There will normally be two post-operative appointments, the first 2 to 3 days after the operation and the other a week later.