Following the government’s announcement, all veterinary practices are now required to limit face-to-face contact with clients. This means operating an emergency care and emergency prescription fulfilment service only.
Neutering (although important) is a preventative healthcare procedure and isn’t usually considered an emergency. As such, surgical neutering appointments will need to be made when normal services resume. However, if you suspect your female dog to have an unusual discharge or they are unwell (vomiting or abnormal drinking patterns) please contact your vet immediately.
Female dogs coming into season will need to be kept well apart from entire (non-castrated) male dogs living in the same household. Dogs should be kept in separate rooms of the house with doors closed to minimise frustration and provide additional safeguards. Where this isn’t possible, baby gates can be used but only under supervision and never left unattended. Ensure everyone in the household is aware of the risks and contributes in keeping them apart. This will be an unsettling time for both dogs so do ensure that you provide each dog with the same time, companionship and activity. You can read more on enrichment on our dedicated pages.
Please continue to review guidance on the British Veterinary Association (BVA) website to determine a more appropriate time to book your appointment with a vet. This continues to be updated following the latest government advice.
For many years, Dogs Trust has been working with vets to provide subsidised neutering for dog owners living on means-tested benefits. We work with over 1,200 practices across the UK to deliver our subsidised neutering programme. Through these partnerships, we have been able to reduce the cost to the owner to as little as £50 – the rest of the cost of the routine procedure is covered by Dogs Trust.
Dogs Trust subsidised neutering is available to those who meet all three of the following criteria:
Is in receipt of means tested benefits:
- Income Support
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Reduction/ Council Tax Support
- Universal Credit Pension Credit or a tenant of the NI Housing Executive
Owns one of the following listed breeds:
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- American Bull Dog
- German Shepherd
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Crossbreeds where one of the breeds is identifiable as one of those listed above
Lives in one of our campaign regions:
- North of England
- Northern Ireland
If you are unsure if you qualify, or want to find your nearest participating vet, please call our neutering hotline: 0333 202 1148
If you qualify under the scheme, and have booked an appointment with a participating vet, simply take along proof of benefit and photo ID (or two forms of other ID) when you attend your veterinary appointment. The vet will charge you £50 and the rest of the cost will be settled by the vet with Dogs Trust.