Surgery

From standard desexing to orthopaedics, dental and emergency surgery, we provide you with all the information and expertise you need to make the best decision for your pet.

Our Surgical Services

Desexing
Dentistry & Teeth Cleaning
Lump & Tumour Removal
Soft Tissue Surgery
Opthalmic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Specialist Surgery Services
Penn Hip

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 “spaying”. 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.

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Desexing Guide

Although pets can be desexed at any age, there are several benefits to completing this procedure before 6 months of age.

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Common Desexing Questions

Your pet will retain their pre-operation personality, possibly with the added bonus of being calmer and less aggressive.

No – it is actually better for her not to have any litters before being spayed.Her risk of developing breast cancer increases if she is allowed to go through her first heat.

Your pet’s metabolism may be slowed due to hormonal changes after desexing,however this is easily managed with adjusting feeding and ensuring adequate exercise. There is no reason a desexed pet cannot be maintained at a normal weight.

As with all surgery, there is some tenderness immediately after the procedure, but most pets will recover very quickly. We administer pain relief prior to surgery and after surgery too. Your pet will be discharged with a short course of pain relief medication to take at home for the first few days after the surgery.  In many cases, your pet will likely need some encouragement to take it easy!

No, your dog will be just as protective of their territory as before the surgery.

If you have any concerns before or after your pet has been desexed, please give us a call.