Desexing or neutering your cat or dog can also be called castration for males, or speying for females. In both sexes it involves removing the organ responsible for sex hormone production – the ovaries in females, and the testes in males. In female pets it is routine to also remove the uterus.
Desexing male pets is important as it decreases their male instincts that tend towards dominance and aggression. It means they will not respond to a bitch on heat – which, in an ‘entire (un-desexed)’ dog can involve destruction of property and wandering from home so as to get to the female. The main medical benefit is the reduced occurence of prostate problems including prostatic enlargement and cancer. Performing a vasectomy on a male dog leaves the testes in place, thus forgoing the benefits outlined above.
The main benefits of desexing a female dog are medical; the occurrence of mammary cancer are much reduced, and it removes the possibility of pyometra, a condition where the uterus fills with pus after they have been on heat.
What age can you desex your dog or cat?
We can desex pets at any age, however we usually recommend it be done at 6 months of age, just prior to them reaching sexual maturity. For all sexes we recommend blood tests prior to the anaesthetic to ensure there are no underlying health concerns. This test can be done in the hospital on the morning of the procedure. We also offer an IV or intravenous drip which can maintain your pets hydration, and speed up their recovery.
Preparing your pet for surgery
For both sexes, neutering is a day procedure only. Fasting is required overnight (not for rabbits) and they will go home following their procedure with pain relief and clear instructions on what to expect in the coming days.
Desexing your pet is a simple way you can help ensure your pet will be happy and safe in today’s busy society. If you have any queries please call us to discuss your pets healthcare needs.
Who will care for your pet?
Our qualified and experienced team will look after your pet from admission into the clinic, right through the anaesthetic and into recovery. During the anaesthetic our nurses will monitor and chart your pet’s progress closely, using equipment that monitors their heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen levels whilst our veterinarian performs the required procedure.
Can we desex your pet rabbit?
Yes, we have specific equipment which enable us to perform rabbit desexings with increased levels of safety.