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.
We recommend desexing of dogs and cats at the age of 6 months, however they are never too old to be desexed.
There are many benefits to desexing your pet at 6 months. They include:
Preventing unwanted litters.
Prevention of testicular cancer
Reduced risk of prostate disease in males and mammary 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
Reduction of council registration fees
Common questions about desexing
“Will desexing affect my pet’s personality?”
Your pet will retain their pre-operation personality, possibly with the added bonus of being calmer and less aggressive.
“Should my female have one litter first?”
No – it is actually better for her not to have any litters before being spayed.Her risk of developing breast cancer increases if she is allowed to go through her first heat.
“Will it cause my pet to become fat?”
Your pet’s metabolism may be slowed due to hormonal changes after desexing,however this is easily managed with adjusting feeding and ensuring adequate exercise. There is no reason a desexed pet cannot be maintained at a normal weight.
“Is desexing painful?”
As with all surgery, there is some tenderness immediately after the procedure, but most pets will recover very quickly. We administer pain relief prior to surgery and after surgery too. In many cases, your pet will likely need some encouragement to take it easy!
“Will my dog lose its “guard dog”instinct?”
No, your dog will be just as protective of their territory as before the surgery.
What to do before and after surgery
Make a booking for your pets operation.
If your pet is a dog, you can wash them the day before surgery as they are unable to be washed after until the stitches are removed.
Do not give your pet food the morning of the operation.
Keep your pet restrained and quiet as the effects of anaesthetic can take some time to wear off completely.
Keeping them quiet is also important to allow the wound to heal.
Food and water should be limited to small portions only on the night after surgery.
Check the incision daily for any signs of infection or disruption (eg. bleeding, swelling, redness or discharge). Contact the vet if these symptoms appear. Do not wait to see if they will spontaneously resolve.
Ensure you return to us on time for routine post-operative check-ups and removal of stitches after 10 days.