UK’s First Neutering Benchmarks Established

The UK’s first national neutering audit of cats and dogs has revealed almost 1-in-10 cases involved one or more abnormalities requiring medical treatment or surgical intervention – and in both species, spays suffered more complications than castrates.The audit data, comprising more than 30,000 individual cases from veterinary practices across the country.

  • Between 8.2% and 9.1% of all cases involved one or more abnormalities requiring medical treatment or surgical intervention
  • Less than 1-in-10 cases were classified as abnormal, but with no further treatment necessary
  • Fatality occurred in 0.1% of animals
  • No abnormality was present in more than three-quarters of cases
  • In both species, spays suffered more complications needing treatment or surgical intervention than castrates
  • Neutering of dogs and bitches triggered more abnormalities than the equivalent procedures in cats
  • The figures have remained remarkably static when compared to those of previous years

The full data can be accessed on the vetAUDIT website.