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Complication rates of neutering revealed

Around 9 per cent of neutering procedures involve an abnormality that requires medical treatment or further surgery.

This was one of the findings of the first major audit of routine neutering in cats and dogs in the UK, carried out by vetAUDIT.

The data, which comprised 30,000 individual cases from practices across the country, provide benchmarks against which the profession can measure its performance and levels of improvement.

Between 8.2 and 9.1 per cent of all neutering cases involved one or more abnormalities

The main findings were:

  • Between 8.2 and 9.1 per cent of all cases involved one or more abnormalities requiring medical treatment or further surgical intervention.

  • Fatality occurred in 0.1 per cent of animals.

  • No abnormality was present in over three-quarters of all cases.

  • In both species, spays suffered more …

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