Desexing

Desexing or neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. In male pets it is commonly referred to as “castration”, and in female pets as “spaying”. This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and generally your pet is home by the evening of surgery.

The most common age to desex your pet is between 4 and 6 months, however they are never too old to be desexed. 

There are many benefits to desexing your pet before 6 months. They include:

  • Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year

  • Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, and it can help prevent pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females

  • Stopping the “heat” cycle in females 

  • Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males

  • Being less prone to wander, especially in males

  • Living a longer and healthier life

  • Reduction of council registration fees

What to expect on your pets surgery day

  • Your pet will be having a general anaesthetic and will be required to have an empty stomach.  Please make sure they are fasted from 10pm the night before surgery and no breakfast given in the morning.  Please ensure water is still available.

  • Your pet will be admitted by one of our nurses between 8am - 9am.

  • Surgery will be performed during the day and in most cases your pet will be able to go home in the afternoon or evening of the same day.

  • Blood test - We highly recommend a pre-anaesthetic screen before surgery,  this will look at your pets vital organs before surgery to make sure they are functioning well.  This also gives us a base of what is normal for your pet so if they do become ill in the future we can then compare the results.  Results are available within a few minutes and allows us to maximise the safety of your pet during anaesthesia and recovery.

  • Every patient is given intravenous fluids during their procedure.  This is crucial to help maintain your pets blood pressure and aids in flushing the organs that process the anaesthetic.

  • Your pet will be monitored by one of our trained nurses through the whole procedure.

  • You pet will be given a pain relief injection at the time of surgery and tablet pain relief to continue with at home.

  • A buster collar is also required and important that your pet wears it at all times until their 10 day check.

  • Included in the cost of desexing are two post operative checks to see your pets progress.  These checks are important and allow us to pick any complications early if they arise. (pets recover well from surgery and can be quite active)

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