The Avenue Veterinary Clinic routinely perform desexing procedures for dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits.
Appointments are required for this surgical procedure which is performed Monday to Friday. Desexing is an effective way to prevent unwanted pregnancies, health issues and behavioural problems.
We generally recommend desexing dogs and cats at 4-6 months of age, as young animals are more likely to recover quickly from the anaesthetic.
Desexing surgery is a day procedure and all pets are discharged from the hospital with pain relief on the same day.
If your pet is not microchipped we can arrange this at the same time and assist you with the paperwork required for registering your pet with local council.
Should I Get My Pet Desexed?
Deciding on whether to have your pet desexed or not is a question that every pet parent asks. At The Avenue Veterinary Clinic we do recommend that all pets be desexed. Not only there are many health benefits but having your pet desexed also decreases the number of unwanted puppies and kittens that find themselves homeless or in shelters across Australia.
What is desexing?
Surgical desexing involves removal of part of a pet’s reproductive system whilst under a general anaesthetic. In females desexing also known as spaying or an ovarian hysterectomy involves removing the ovaries and uterus. In males desexing also known as castration or neutering involves the removal of both testicles.
Why your pet needs to be desexed?
In female dogs, desexing automatically stops their cycles and the associated bleeding and attention from male dogs that result in pregnancy.
Castration in male pets helps to control several behavioural related issues. In dogs it can prevent aggression problems and wandering instincts which are characteristic of ‘pack’ animals that need to seek other dogs company. It is in fact kinder to desex your male pet to stop the ‘hormonal’ need to wander and find a mate. In male cats it can reduce the tendency to roam and fight which often leads to cat bite abscesses and related complications.
In both cats and dogs, male urine odour can be particularly strong and pungent. Desexing usually prevents this odour plus in most cases desexing will reduce or eliminate spraying in cats.
There are also significant medical benefits for desexing your pet. In females, desexing (also known as spaying) reduces the risk of mammary tumours, and eliminates the risk of tumours in the ovaries, uterus and cervix, and prevents other medical conditions such as pyometra.
In males, desexing (which is also knows as neutering), reduces the risk of prostatic diseases, perianal tumours and eliminates the risk of testicular cancers.
At what age should your pet be desexed?
The correct age for desexing can vary depending on the breed and size of your pet and your lifestyle. The current recommended age for desexing a dog or cat is 4-6 months, however at The Avenue Veterinary Clinic we believe that each of our patients is unique and the decision of when to desex your pet should be made in partnership with your vet.
staying at home with them is not necessary as long as they have somewhere warm and comfortable to stay. However, if you are considering making special plans to be with your pet, we suggest you take the day off after surgery rather than the day of surgery.
Your pet’s day at the vet
Once your pet has been admitted to our clinic, we will perform a health check and administer a sedative and pain relief before the surgery, this will help your pet to relax and improve the quality of recovery after the procedure. Your pet will be treated as if they are our own. Not only will our veterinary nurses continue to monitor throughout the recovery process, they will also give your pet the attention (and cuddles of course) they deserve.