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Dog Spaying and Neutering guidelines

Guidelines for dogs in our care. This is based on the RSPCA policy to prevent unnecessary breeding, but also taking into account the latest studies on the effects of neutering and spaying on health and behaviour.

Six months in bitches who are likely to be over 20kg when full grown
Four months in bitches under 20kg when full grown
Seven months in male dogs.
For owned animals (animals already in the care of an owner) It is important to discuss with your vet and a qualified behaviourist, when the most appropriate time for neutering would be for each individual.

There is also evidence to suggest that for anxious or fearful male dogs neutering may make their behaviour worse. For these dogs it may be more appropriate for them to be rehomed before being neutered. This would only take place after a discussion with a behaviourist and/or vet.

RSPCA Sussex North and Brighton Branch offers some heavily subsidised neutering for dogs, cats and rabbits for owners on named benefits or low incomes. Neutering is essential for a happy healthy life for your pet and prevents unwanted litters and animals ending up in rescue. We ask owners to contribute to neutering costs:

£75 for a dog spay, £55 for a dog castration

£25 for a cat spay, £20 for a cat castration

£5 for a rabbit spay/castration

Please contact us for help with neutering, by phone on: 01273 554218 – from 10.30am – 4pm daily.

As a charity we need to make our resources go as far as possible and the help we give is means tested.