Desexing

Desexing surgeries are one of the most common procedures performed in most vet clinics. Desexing is the removal of reproductive organs, therefore preventing reproduction from occurring. A female desexing surgery is generally called a spay (ovariohysterectomy) and involves the removal of the entire reproductive tract. A male desexing procedure is usually called a castration (orchidectomy) and involves the removal of both testes. There are many benefits to desexing your pet, not just to you and your pet but the animal population.

Desexing helps to solve the unwanted pet problem. Did you know that cats can begin to reproduce between 4-6 months of age? Each year, a cat can have THREE litters, each with an average of 4 kittens. Dogs can have TWO litters per year with an average of 4 pups per litter. Desexing your pet can help reduce the number of unwanted pets and pets that end up on the streets or become feral. Each year approximately 200,000 unwanted pets in Australia are euthanized, which is close to 550 pets per day. This could be reduced and even one day prevented if people chose to neuter their pets before they start reproducing.

Health benefits to your pet once they have been desexed include:

Males

  • Less likely to develop aggressive tendencies

  • Less likely to wander away from home (usually to find a mate)

  • Tomcats are less likely to “spray” around the home to mark their territory

  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer

  • Reduces the risk of prostatic disorders

Females

  • Reduces the risk of mammary tumours (breast cancer)

  • Eliminates the risk of developing a pyometra (an infection in the uterus)

  • Removes the risk of uterine, cervical and ovarian tumours

  • Stops the “heat” cycle

Pets can be desexed from 4-6 months of age; however a pet is never too old to be desexed! Our desexing surgeries are usually a day procedure, meaning that you leave your fur baby with us in the morning and they are usually ready to go home mid to late afternoon.

For further information or to book an appointment for your pet to be desexed please call the clinic on 074681 1523.