Desexing your dog or cat is an important surgical procedure that has a number of health benefits.
Some of these benefits include:
- The prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in male animals, and the prevention of mammary carcinomas and uterine disease in female animals.
- Preventing unwanted litters which can be very costly if not planned.
- Preventing behavioural changes related to the ‘heat’ cycle of females this can include aggressive behaviour, urine spraying and attempts to escape.
- Statistically living a longer, healthier life
- The reduction of council registration fees.
We advise desexing your pet between 4-6 months, however, if you have an older animal that is not yet desexed it is never too late!
Desexing is a ‘day procedure’ which means your pet is dropped of on the morning of the surgery, and is ready to go home in the late afternoon.
When Can I Book Desexing?
We can perform desexing procedures any weekday (Monday to Friday).
The desexing fee includes pain relief, the cost of the surgical procedure and anaesthetic, and the administration of intravenous fluids during the procedure. Intravenous fluids make the procedure safer by supporting your animal’s blood pressure whilst under anaesthetic. Prices vary on the sex and weight of your dog so please contact one of our staff for an estimate of costs.
We also offer an optional preanaesthetic blood screen to all patients undergoing a general anaesthetic, which is not included in the base cost of desexing. This test checks your animals systemic organ function (i.e. the liver and kidneys) to ensure they are able to undergo an anaesthetic safely. You can choose whether or not to proceed with this test on the day of the procedure.
After Surgery Care
When your pet is discharged to you, a member of staff will discuss the appropriate aftercare post surgery. You will also be given a written handout to refer to at home.
Your pet will go home with ongoing pain relief and a head bucket to prevent access to the stitches and wound. You will need to arrange a revisit appointment 2 weeks post desexing for the stitches to be removed. There is no charge for this, but we ask that you please call and make a booking so a member of staff is available to remove the stitches and check the site.