Desexing Pets

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Dog Desexing

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Cat Desexing

What it Means to Desex Your Pet

Having your furry friends desexed offers many health benefits to them and peace of mind for you. Desexing involves the surgical removal of their reproductive organs, preventing any unplanned or unwanted pregnancies. For female patients, desexing or spaying is achieved by removing the uterus and ovaries. The procedure for male patients, known as neutering or castration, involves the removal of both testicles. These procedures are performed under general anaesthesia. In most cases, your pet will be able to go home on the day of surgery to recover with you and their family around them.

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What Means to Desex Your Pet

Desex pet

Having your furry friends desexed offers many health benefits to them and peace of mind for you. Desexing involves the surgical removal of their reproductive organs, preventing any unplanned or unwanted pregnancies. For female patients, desexing or spaying is achieved by removing the uterus and ovaries. The procedure for male patients, known as neutering or castration, involves the removal of both testicles. These procedures are performed under general anaesthesia. In most cases, your pet will be able to go home on the day of surgery to recover with you and their family around them.

The Health Benefits of Desexing Your Pets

Desexing your furry friend will provide many benefits for them and for you. There is much more to be gained from desexing pets than preventing unwanted pregnancies. There are a number of behavioural and health benefits for both male and female animals.

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Castration of male dogs prevents testicular issues and substantially reduces the incidence of prostate problems, as well as perianal gland tumours and perineal hernias. It will also reduce aggressive behaviour in most dogs.

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Spaying reduces the risk of mammary (breast cancer) and uterine infections in female dogs. It also reduces the wandering behaviour that is normal for females when they are in heat, and looking for a mate.

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Neutering your male cat will prevent testicular and prostate problems. It will also reduce the risk of injury from aggressive behaviour when roaming.

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Desexing benefits female cats by preventing mammary and uterine cancers, uterine infections and life threatening pyometra. It also eliminates wandering in search of a mate.

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Your furry family member will enjoy better overall health, and you will have a more well behaved pet.

As a pet owner, you want to have a fun, loving relationship with your furry companion. Having them desexed removes their instinct to wander in search of a mate. Less roaming means a greatly reduced risk of painful injuries from the aggressive behaviour of themselves or other neighbourhood pets. This reduces the risk of infections and also traumatic injuries such as fight wounds or injuries from motor vehicles. You’ll have peace of mind, knowing that your pet is spending their time safely at home with you. Additionally, you won’t have the worry of having to find homes for a litter of puppies or kittens.

When You Should De-Sex Your Pet

The timing for de-sexing can vary depending on a number of factors including their breed, size and heat cycle (for females).

It is generally recommended that puppies be de-sexed at five to six months old, as this is when they reach sexual maturity, and are able to reproduce. Female dogs should not be spayed while they are in heat, due to an increased risk of bleeding during this time. We recommend waiting for six to twelve weeks after their heat cycle to book them in for de-sexing. For larger and giant breed dogs, it is recommended to wait until they are twelve to eighteen months of age before having them de-sexed.

About The Procedure

Pre-Op

Desexing is normally a day procedure, allowing your pet to go home with you on the day of surgery, to recover. They will need to fast from 10pm on the night prior to surgery (no food but water is ok until the morning). We will ask you to drop your furry companion off at our hospital early in the morning to be admitted and have their pre-anaesthetic examination. If any blood tests are required, they will be done at this time. If the vet finds everything normal in the physical examination (and blood tests, if elected), your pet will receive a pre-med.

Procedure

The pre-med consists of a medication to calm your pet and relieve anxiety and another one for pain. After receiving their pre-med, most animals rest calmly and snooze until the time of their surgery. When your furry friend is ready for surgery anaesthesia will be induced with an intravenous medication, a tube will be placed into the trachea allowing control of the airways, and anaesthesia will be maintained by gas until the procedure has been completed. Throughout the procedure, their anaesthesia will be closely monitored by one of our highly qualified and experienced vet nurses. After surgery, your pet will be given additional medication for pain and while recovering, a vet nurse will monitor and care for them.

Recovery

You will be able to pick up your furry friend mid to late afternoon. At the time of pick up, we will provide you with additional pain medication and instructions for its use. Your pet will have a small wound from their procedure which will be protected from excessive licking with an Elizabethan collar. Our friendly staff will advise you on all aspects of after surgery care so that your precious pet can have a speedy and successful recovery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What hours are you open?
We are open from Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 8pm and on weekends and public holidays from 9:00am to 6pm. The only days we are ever closed are Christmas day and New Year’s day.
Is it necessary to book an appointment?

Yes, in general we recommend that you make an appointment. Walk-in consultations will be accommodated wherever possible , however people with appointments will take priority.

We recommend that NEW CLIENTS arrive 5-10 minutes before their scheduled appointment, to allow time to process the NEW CLIENT and NEW PATIENT REGISTRATION FORMS.

EMERGENCY cases are welcome and will be seen as soon as possible where no appointment has been made.

What is your Policy regarding appointment changes or cancellation?

We ask that you contact us if you know you cannot make an appointment or if you are running late.

Can I pick my pet on the same day they have a dental or surgery procedure?

When you drop your pet off for a procedure, our staff will check your best contact number for the day,  and give you an estimated time for discharge.  Once your pet's procedure has been completed, one of our staff will contact you to set up a discharge appointment.   

What should I do if my pet has an injury or gets sick when you are closed?

We recommend that you take your pet to: 

Sydney Veterinary Emergency Specialists

675 Botany Road, Rosebery

ph: 02 9197 5800

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