Despite being routine procedures, an ovariohysterectomy (female desexing) or a castration (male desexing) are surgical procedures requiring an anaesthetic , operating theatre, a dedicated nurse for monitoring & a skilled surgeon to perform the procedure. We look upon desexings just as we would any other surgical procedure.
We hospitalize our patients overnight to allow adequate time for your pet to recover from the anaesthetic and surgery. This also allows an examination by the veterinarian prior to being discharged the next day to ensure that your pet is recovering well.
We feel that pain relief is an essential component to any surgical procedure, and as such, we provide all our patients with pain relief at the time of the desexing procedure and each patient is dispensed with some pain relief to go home with. This is all included in your desexing fee.
For an additional fee we can also offer pre-anaesthetic blood testing run in our in-house laboratory on the day of surgery, as well as intra-operative fluid therapy to help support your pet while he or she is under anaesthetic.
What are the benefits of desexing your pet?
- Desexing prevents unwanted pregnancies. Breeding can be expensive, with hidden costs like potential caesarian sections.
- Desexing reduces your pet’s chances of developing infections & cancers -breast or ovarian cancer and uterine infections in females, testicular, prostate and anal cancer in males.
- Desexing can reduce roaming, meaning less chances of fighting with other animals or being run over by a car, and more time spent at home with the family
- If performed early in an animal’s life, desexing can help prevent possible behavioural problems such as aggression, excessive weeing & spraying. This is so important in households with kids or other pets! A desexed pet can be more trustworthy with the family and is much more pleasant to take for a walk or have as a housemate!
- Once your pet is desexed, you will save $$$’s -almost 75% on the council lifetime registration of your dog or cat!!! And don’t forget, it is illegal to own an unregistered animal over the age of 6 months!
- With diet control and exercise, your pet should not put on weight after being desexed!
We recommend desexing your young pet from 5 months of age and can of course offer desexing services for your older pet if needed. Feel free to speak to one of nurses about desexing your pet.