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 “castrating”, 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.

stella shanksOur price is fully inclusive of things that are sometimes optional elsewhere.
Surgery for you pet will include:

  • Health check before surgery and also another 7-10 days later
  • Antibiotics, pain relief and IV fluid therapy during surgery to make it as safe and as best for your pet as possible.
  • We try not to use stitches on the outside so your pet usually wont need a “plastic” bucket collar which means their recovery is less stressful for them – and you.
  • Dogs will go home with a few days of extra pain relief.

The most common age to de-sex your pet is 6 months of age, however they are never too old to be desexed.
There are many benefits to de-sexing your pet at 6 months of age. They include:

  • Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals.
  • 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

Before surgery:

  • Make a booking for your pets operation.
  • If your pet is a dog, wash them the day before surgery as they are unable to be washed for at least 10 days.
  • Do not give your pet food after 8pm the night before the operation and do not give them any water after 8am on the day of surgery.
  • We are happy for you to help settle your pet into their bed for the day.
  • Keeping your pet comfortable and stress-free is very important to us.
  • You are welcome to bring any toy or comforting bedding that is familiar to your pet whole they are with us.

 

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