Desexing

DESEXING

 

We recommend the best age to desex your puppy or kitten is 5-6 months, however if you have purchased your pet through a welfare agency they may have been desexed as young as 10 weeks of age. If you are not planning on breeding your pet we recommend desexing of both male and female dogs and cats.

Why desex your pet?

In our crowded city it is essential that our dogs are well behaved. A desexed dog is more easily trained and less likely to show aggression. Entire male dogs can develop dominant or overly territorial behaviours as they mature. Neutering late, at his physical and sexual prime, is unlikely to tone down his behaviour, whereas performing the surgery at 6 months of age will help prevent it.

We desex puppies and kittens to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but it also helps them avoid serious health problems in old age. Cancers of the mammary glands in females and prostate in males have a far reduced incidence in neutered animals. Life threatening uterine infections are disturbingly common in older entire bitches who have never been bred. While it is true some older desexed females develop urinary incontinence later in life, this condition is generally easy to treat.

The operation:

In females a complete ovariohysterectomy is performed. That is, the uterus and both ovaries are removed through an incision in the mid abdomen. In males, both testicles are removed through an incision in front of the scrotum.

The day of the surgery:

We perform desexing operations Monday – Friday. Book in a date that best suits you and then bring you pet to the clinic between 8.00-9.00am. Your pet can have dinner the night before but no breakfast on the morning of the surgery. The operation will be performed in the morning, and your pet will sleep off the effects of the anaesthetic during the afternoon. Most animals may be collected between 4.00-7.00pm. You are welcome to call the clinic between 2.00-3.00pm to see how your pet is recovering.

Post-operative care:

After the general anaesthetic it is best to keep your pet in a confined, warm place. Offer a small amount of food for dinner, but don’t be concerned if it is refused. Provide free access to water.

Keep your pet quiet and rested after the surgery. Check the wound daily, report any excessive swelling, redness or discharge.

It is essential the wound is not licked as this irritates the skin, pulls at the stitches and deposits bacteria into the surgical wound. If you pet insists on licking the surgical area an Elizabethan bucket collar will be needed and we can provide this for you if needed.

Male dogs, female dogs and female cats all have stitches that require removal after 10 days, please make an appointment for this. We will give you a post-operative care instruction sheet when you collect your animal from surgery.