Desexing your pet is a surgical procedure that removes the source of their reproductive ability, however that is not the main reason why we recommend desexing. Animals who are entire (not desexed) have increased risk of health conditions such as mammary cancer, pyometra (an infection of the uterus which can progress to an emergency), or prostate disease for the boys.
This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and usually has low risk of complications provided aftercare is followed, and this will be discussed at your discharge appointment. Your pet will usually be home by the evening after surgery.
The most common age to desex your pet has traditionally been around 6 months, and this is recommended for cats. However, for dogs there has been more discussion and research around the ideal time of desexing, which varies for the breed of dog. Larger breed dogs require a longer time to fully develop their bones and joints, so there is more advocacy for waiting until 9-12+ months before desexing. If you have questions regarding desexing, please book an appointment to chat with one of our vets.
There are many benefits to desexing your pet, such as:
- Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, and pyometra and mammary cancer in females
- Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming stray population
- Stopping the heat cycle in females and avoiding altercations with other unknown dogs
- Decreasing behavioural problems such as urine marking, humping, aggression
- Avoiding high council registration fees