Gowrie Veterinary Clinic

PH: 02 6721-2277

131 Yetman Rd, Inverell

After Hours : 0427236204

Desexing

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 they are never too old to be desexed.

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

  • Living a longer and healthier life

  • Reduction of council registration fees

What to do before and after surgery

Before surgery:

  • Make a booking for your pets operation.

  • Do not give your pet food after 9pm the night before the operation and do not give them any water after 7am on the day of surgery.

  • A blood test may be performed prior to surgery to check vital organ function. This will be discussed with you prior to the procedure.

  • The vet will perform a thorough physical examination before administering an anaesthetic.

  •  Intravenous fluids may be required to support your pet during 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 prior to their surgery and then again after their surgery

After Surgery:

  • Keep your pet restrained and quiet as the effects of anaesthetic can take some time to wear off completely and this will also help with wound healing.

  • Food and water should be limited to small portions only on the night after surgery.

  • Ensure all post-surgical medications (if any) are administered as per the label instructions.

  • Ensure your pet’s rest area is clean and dry to avoid infection.

  • Check the incision at twice daily for any signs of infection or disruption (eg. bleeding, swelling, redness or discharge). Contact the vet immediately if these symptoms appear. 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 

If you have any concerns before or after your pet has been desexed, please call us immediately to discuss.

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