Desexing, or neutering, your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. In male pets it is commonly referred to as castration; in female pets as speying.
Mostly we encourage desexing cats, dogs and rabbits before they are six months old.
Why desex your pet?
Prevents unwanted litters, which can be very costly and adds to the already overwhelming number of stray animals put down each year.
Prevents cancers of the reproductive system (for example: mammary, testicular and prostate tumours).
Prevents a potentially fatal infection of the womb called ‘pyometra’.
Stops the ‘heat’ cycle in females.
Can prevent and stop male cats from spraying urine.
Decreases aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in male animals.
Makes them less prone to wander, especially in male animals.
Helps them live a longer and healthier life.
Reduces council registration fees.
Performed by operation under general anaesthetic, your pet is admitted in the morning and can be collected later that same day.
Will desexing affect my pet’s personality?
Not at all. Your pet will retain its pre-operation personality, possibly with the bonus of being calmer and less aggressive.
Should my female have one litter first?
No – it’s actually better for her not to have any litters before being speyed. Her risk of developing breast cancer increases if she’s allowed to go through her first heat.
Will desexing cause my pet to become fat?
Your pet’s metabolism may be slowed due to hormonal changes after desexing. However, this is easily managed by adjusting its diet and ensuring adequate exercise. There’s no reason a desexed pet cannot be maintained at a normal weight. We can recommend specific diets designed to maintain your pet’s weight after being desexed.
Is desexing painful?
As with all surgery, there is some tenderness immediately after the procedure, but most pets recover quickly. We administer pain relief prior to and after surgery. Your pet will be discharged with a short course of pain relief medication for the first few days after the surgery. In many cases, pets will likely need some encouragement to take it easy!
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