Should I get my pet desexed?
Desexing (also known as sterilisation, speying, castrating or neutering) your pet is highly recommended by our Greencross Vets team. Not only are there numerous health benefits for your pet, but the number of unplanned puppies and kittens ending up in animal shelters is also drastically reduced. For roaming pets like outdoor cats (whose neighbourhood adventures are hard to track), desexing your pet is especially important.
Recommended age for desexing
The age at which your pet should be desexed varies based on your pet’s breed. As a general rule, cats and smaller breeds of dogs are more frequently desexed at around six months of age whilst the larger dog breeds are desexed when they attain their full bone growth. Our veterinary team will take into consideration everything that’s special about your pet before giving any recommendations. Chat to our team to learn more.
What is desexing?
There are many benefits to getting your pet desexed. Surgical desexing involves the removal of part of a pet’s reproductive system whilst under a general anaesthetic. Desexing of females (also known as spaying) involves removing the ovaries and uterus. Sometimes only the ovaries are removed. Desexing of males (also known as castration or neutering) involves the removal of both testicles.
If you’d like to learn more about what’s involved, please give our friendly team a call.
The medical benefits of desexing your pet
The desexing procedure at Greencross Vets
Our team at Greencross Vets are dedicated to providing the highest standards of veterinary care for your pet. Our desexing fee is designed to be all-inclusive for a routine desexing procedure and includes a pre-operative health check, general anaesthetic, intravenous fluids during surgery and the surgery procedure itself. Your pet will also receive a pain relief injection and additional pain control medication to take home. We also provide an Elizabethan collar for your pet to wear so they do not lick their wound and you will take home comprehensive discharge instructions. We follow up with a phone call the next day to ensure your pet has recovered well and make a revisit appointment in 10 -12 days for suture removal.
At Greencross Vets you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your pet will receive uncompromising care. Our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have, just give us a call. Find your local Greencross Vets.
What the desexing procedure includes:
Our clinic team will advise you on what you need to do to prepare your pet for surgery including when to start fasting your pet.
In the morning one of our friendly vets or nurses will admit your pet to hospital. Feel free to ask them any questions you may have.
Once admitted, your pet will receive a full veterinary health check. It is highly recommended that a pre-anaesthetic blood test is taken to ensure kidney, liver and red blood cells amongst others are within normal limits before the procedure
A sedative with pain relief is given to your pet to help them relax. This is followed by the general anaesthetic and the surgery is performed by the veterinarian.
Your pet will be closely monitored throughout the anaesthetic and recovery process.
Your pet can relax in comfort in their warm hospital bed with soft blankets until it’s time to go home. They will go home with pain relief medication.
We will call you when they’re awake to discuss what time they can go home (usually later in the day) and the vet will provide after-care advice
Your pet will go home with an Elizabethan collar (to stop them licking their surgery site)
One of our friendly team will call the next day as a follow up post-surgery
A complimentary post-operative visit is also included to check your pet after the surgery. If your pet had external sutures these are typically removed 10-12 days after the operation (at no cost).
Our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have, just give us a call.
Facts versus Myths
Myth – ‘Females should have a litter before being desexed.’
Fact – For your pet’s health this is not true. Spaying a dog before her first heat will greatly reduce the risk of mammary cancer.
Myth – ‘Desexing will make my pet fat.’
Fact – Depending on the breed, desexing is generally done at an age when rapid puppy growth is decreasing and diet control is necessary. Reduce the amount of calories that is fed and increase exercise is important after desexing.
Myth – ‘Pets become lazy after they are desexed’.
Fact – There are generally minimal to no changes in the character of pets after desexing. However, young male dogs will be less inclined to mount objects and jump fences in search of a mate.
Please call your local Greencross Vets clinic to learn more or to book.