What Are the Different Types of Sterilisation?
The most common form of sterilisation is when animals undergo surgery to remove part of their reproductive tract, this is generally known castration or spay. There are also medical forms of temporary sterilisation that involve hormonal injections or implants.
- Castration – Castration is the term used when sterilising a male animal and involves the removal of the testicles.
- Spay – Spay (or spey) is the term commonly used when sterilising a female animal and generally involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus.
In general, either surgery (castration or spay) is a day procedure where your pet is dropped off at our veterinary clinic in the morning, has surgery during the day and then goes home that afternoon or evening.
At What Age Should Exotic Pets Be Sterilised?
Recommended sterilisation ages vary on the species but can be performed as early as 3 months of age in some cases.