De-sexing is a surgical procedure to make it so your pet can't reproduce. But is there more to it than just that?
Desexing operations are the most common surgical procedures performed at our vet clinics. The operation is called Speying/Spaying for females and Neutering for males.
There are many benefits of desexing pets. Some of the main benefits include:
Female dog benefits:
- Dramatically reduces risk of developing mammary cancer later in life if speyed before her first season
- Prevents unwanted pregnancies.
- Prevents her coming on heat which attracts male dogs.
- Prevents infection in the uterus (Pyometra) which is a life-threatening emergency.
Male dog benefits:
- Decreases roaming behaviour due to seeking out intact females.
- Prevents testicular cancer
- Decreases incidence of prostate problems later in life.
Female cat benefits:
- Prevents unwanted pregnancies (can get pregnant as often as 6 times per year!)
- Prevents in-heat behaviour and stops tom cats hanging around.
- Decreases risk of cancer in reproductive organs.
Male cat benefits:
- Decreases roaming & fighting behaviours.
- Decreases territorial urine spraying & marking.
What does desexing involve?
Desexing is a day procedure that we recommend is carried out before your pet reaches sexual maturity, which differs between species (as a general approximation, around 5 months of age, we recommend checking with your vet for the best timing recommendation for your pet). Your pet will come into the clinic between 8-9am after being fasted overnight, and will be able to go home in the afternoon on the same day.
A spey involves removing the uterus and ovaries through an incision in the abdomen, whereas neutering involves removing the testicles through an incision on or next to the scrotum.
Talk to one of our staff for current prices for desexing your pet.