At Walwa Veterinary Practice, desexing pets is one of the most common surgical procedures that our veterinarians perform. Desexing is a surgical procedure that both prevents unwanted reproduction and prevents disease of the reproductive tract later in life. In male pets it is commonly referred to as “castration”, and in female pets as “spaying”. Both procedures are day surgery for your pet therefore they can be dropped off in the morning and return home later that afternoon/evening.
When should my pet be desexed?
The most common age to desex your pet is between 4 and 6 months, however they are never too old to be desexed.
Why should I have my pet desexed?
There are many benefits to desexing your pet. They include:
- Preventing unwanted pregnancies and the birth of unwanted animals
- Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in male cats and dogs.
- In females, desexing can prevent the development of pyometra (uterine infection) and mammary tumours.
- Stopping females from coming into heat
- Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males
- Reducing the need for (particulary males) to wander
- Living a longer and healthier life
- Reduction of council registration fees