Desexing is the only effective permanent method for preventing pregnancy in animals, as well as providing many health benefits too! For males, desexing involves the removal of testicles (castration). For females, it involves removal of ovaries and uterus of females (spaying). We recommend desexing cats and dogs from 5-6 months of age, however they can be desexed when they are older too. This procedure will require an anaesthetic, so your pet will have to stay at the clinic for at least a few hours after the procedure and sometimes the whole day before they will be fit enough to be discharged from the clinic. We will perform a pre-anaesthetic examination to make sure your pet is well and healthy before their anaesthetic. Generally pets make a speedy recovery after these procedures, and complications are rare. Animals usually experience minimal discomfort undergoing a desexing procedure as we will issue pain relief in a pre-medication and also pain relief post surgery. It is extremely rare that we will send animals home with antibiotics as the procedure is clean and sterile.
There are many benefits of desexing including;
• Reduction of some cancers in the testes, mammary glands, ovaries, cervix or uterus
• Prevention of infection of the uterus (when the uterus fills with pus, known as a Pyometra) which is most common in older undesexed female dogs
• Prevention of ‘false pregnancy syndrome’ in undesexed female dogs
• Reduction in risk of some serious diseases (eg. prostatic infection and perineal hernia) in undesexed male dogs
• Reduction in territorial behaviours (eg. urine marking)
• Less prone to wandering
• Prevention of costs associated with pregnancy, or some cancers, and there is also a discount in council lifetime pet registrations fees if your cat or dog is desexed!
After care involves
• Checking stitches at least twice a day or more to look for signs of swelling, redness or discharge. Contact us as soon as possible if you notice any of these symptoms
• Keeping the animal quiet (no strenuous activities, prevent jumping)
• Making sure your pet is not chewing or licking at the surgery site (this can lead to the ‘cone of shame’ or a bitter spray being applied)
• Keeping the animal warm the evening/night after the anaesthetic (animals body temperature drops following an anaesthetic, which we maintain with heating mats, heaters and hotties)
• Watch for signs of pain (eg. vocalisation, guarding surgery site)
• Minimise food to only small portions after the surgery
• No swimming until after the stitches have been removed
• If there are external stitches you will need to have them removed 10 days after the procedure. We include this in the cost of the surgery, however you will need to book an appointment to have them removed. This usually only takes a couple of minutes
My pet is on heat. Can it be desexed?
We prefer not to desex female cats and dogs that are on heat as there is a higher risk of complications occurring. It is better to wait 2-3 weeks after the heat has finished before booking them in.
My pet is pregnant and I don’t want the babies. Can I still get it desexed?
Yes, however it could be more expensive and there will be a higher risk of complications occurring. Please be aware the babies will not make it through the procedure.
My pet recently had kittens/puppies. When can I have her desexed?
You can desex your animal after the puppies or kittens have been weaned (usually when the kittens are around 6-8 weeks of age)