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Neutering Clinic

Neutering Clinic

The Neutering Clinical Team

Links Neutering clinic is headed by veterinary surgeon and clinical director, Glen Watson and senior veterinary nurse Lesley Docherty.

Glen and Lesley recently celebrated a milestone of neutering their 20,000th pet together. With such a wealth of experience, they deliver a neutering service which has numerous benefits to their patients.

They are a highly competent and confident surgeon/nurse team, and carry out neutering procedures quickly, through small incisions, with minimal invasion and tissue handling, reducing the risk of complications that arise with lengthy procedures and large wounds. 

Glen and Lesley

Benefits for Our Female Patients: 

  • Small Wounds that Heal quickly

As a rule, smaller wounds heal more quickly and patients recover sooner. At Links Neutering Clinic, as a rule our dog spay wounds are only around 3-4cm long and usually have no more than 2 or 3 sutures that require removal around 10 days following surgery.  Cat spay wounds are only 1cm and have buried dissolving sutures that do not require removal.

  • Quick Recovery with Short Anaesthetic Time

The speed of the procedure under highly skilled and experienced hands means patients are under anaesthetic for the shortest possible time and consequently recover speedily as well. Most bitches will be under anaesthetic for less than 30 minutes and tend to be awake and comfortable in recovery within 45 minutes of being anaesthetised, and less for cats.

  • Benefits of Links Neutering Clinic Versus Laparoscopy

Glen and Lesley have considered the merits of laparascopy, and believe there are no advantages for patients.

In the Theatre at Links Neutering Clinic:

  • anaesthesia and operating times were shorter than laproscopy
  • patients have 1 single wound instead of 3 small wounds to heal
  • recovery time is similar

Laparoscopy demands additional resource of staff and equipment and is often around 50% more expensive than the price of traditional surgery

The acid test should always be ‘what would you do’ and Glen and Lesley have both opted for traditional spaying over laparoscopy for their own pets.

Benefits for Our Male Patients: 

Neutering male dogs and cats is much simpler than females as there is not usually any need to enter the abdominal cavity.

  • Shortest Possible Surgery Time and Anaesthesia

As with females, experience counts for everything, and Glen and Lesley undertake these procedures quickly, with a minimum of anaesthetics required.  Short surgical times and speedy, unobtrusive tissue handling, mean their patients are exposed to the least risk during surgery and also during healing.

  • Cryptorchid (undescended testicles) Cases

Where there is an undescended testicle, additional surgery is required to find and remove it. Here, experience is everything, and having undertaken hundreds such procedures, these ‘cryptorchid’ cases are dealt with swiftly and with as minimal an impact as possible on tissue and recovery times.

Additional Procedures


At the same time as carrying out neuter surgery, we can offer an additional procedure called Gastropexy.

  • What is gastropexy?

Gastropexy, a short procedure to suture the stomach in place and help prevent gastric torsion in the future.  An event that is all to often fatal

dog breeds that are more susceptible to this all too often fatal event.

  • Who would benefit from gastropexy?

Gastropexy is most appropriate for deep-chested dog breeds that are more prone to torsions


To discuss neutering for your pet contact neutering@linksvet.co.uk