Desexing or neutering involves removing part of a pet’s reproductive system so that they cannot have babies.
In female animals, it is called a "spey" and in males it is referred to as "castration".
Generally, we recommend desexing for any pet who is not intended for breeding. This is primarily to prevent unwanted litters and to prevent health issues in the future. Desexing is recommended at 6 months of age.
There are also health benefits associated with desexing. Desexing female dogs before their first heat (often around 6 months of age) dramatically reduces their risk of mammary cancer. Issues such prostatic disease and testicular disease can also be avoided by castration of dogs.
As with all procedures under general anaesthesia at Stabler & Howlett, patients receive intravenous fluids (a drip) to support their cardiovascular system and have continuous monitoring for blood pressure and respiratory function.
All patients undergoing desexing receive pain relief prior to their procedure, after their recovery from anaesthesia and have medication dispensed for ongoing pain relief at home.
Intradermal sutures (no external stitches) are used for all desexing procedures and a complimentary revisit 10-14 days after surgery is included.
To book your pet in for their desexing, please contact your nearest Stabler & Howlett Veterinary Surgeons clinic today.