Desexing your pets.


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”, and in female pets as “speying”.This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and generally your pet is home by the evening of surgery.

The most common age to desex your pet is between 4 and 6 months, however it is never too late to desex your pet. (Additional precautions will be required in desexing a senior pet)

Our Elective Surgical team performs desexings Monday through Friday.

There are many benefits to desexing your pet before 6 months. They include:

  • Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year
  • Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, and it can help prevent pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females
  • Stopping the “heat” cycle in females 
  • Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males
  • Being less prone to wander, especially in males
  • Reduction of council registration fees
What to do before and after surgery (More information given on the Pre & Post Admission Page)
Before surgery:
  • Make a booking for your pets operation. You will be given an Admitting Appointment time between 7am & 8am. 
  • Your admitting time is just like a health consult and needs to run on schedule. 
  • If your pet is a dog, you can wash them the day before surgery as they are then unable to be washed after until the stitches are removed.
  • You can give you pet an evening meal as normal the day prior to surgery, but do not leave food out overnight. Water should be freely available to your pet until 6am on the day of surgery.
  • We always reccomend a Pre Aenesthetic Blood Test prior to surgery to check vital organ function.
  • The Surgical Team will perform a thorough physical examination before administering an anaesthetic.
  •  Intravenous fluid therapy is required during most types of surgery. This will be discussed with you prior to the procedure.
  • To ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible, all pets receive pain relief as part of the desexing procedure, and we may prescribe medication for you to administer at home for a few days after the procedure.

After Surgery:

  • Keep your pet restrained and quiet as the effects of anaesthetic can take some time to wear off completely.
  • Keeping them quiet is also essential to allow the wound to heal.
  • Food and water should be limited to small portions only on the night of surgery.
  • Follow any dietary instructions that the vet has provided.
  • Ensure all post-surgical medications (if any) are administered as per the label instructions.
  • Ensure your pet’s rest area is clean to avoid infection.
  • Check the incision at least twice daily for any signs of infection or disruption (e.g. bleeding, swelling, redness or discharge). Contact the vet immediately if any of these occur. Do not wait to see if they will spontaneously resolve.
  • Prevent your pet from licking or chewing the wound. Special cone-shaped collars assist with this problem. A single chew can remove the careful stitching with disastrous effects.
  • Ensure you return to us on time for routine post-operative check-ups and removal of stitches.
What is covered in the cost? Your pet will undergo a full anaesthetic under the watchful and qualified eyes of our Surgical Team. The cost of this surgery covers:-
  • Admitting Consult
  • Sedation prior to surgery
  • Castration/Spey surgery
  • Anaesthetic monitoring
  • Pain relief during surgery 
  • Individualised Sterilised Surgcial Kit
  • Pain relief for three days post surgery (Dogs only/Cats pain relief inj on the day)
  • Free recheck post surgery if any concerns
  • Stitches out after procedure