Dog & Cat Desexing Donvale

Elgar Road Vet proudly offer expert animal and pet desexing services to the local Box Hill and Donvale community

At Elgar Road Vet, our team of skilled Veterinarians provides top-quality desexing options for your pet in Donvale and nearby areas. We believe that desexing is important for all pet cats and dogs. 

When should I have my pet desexed?

We recommend desexing your pet at around 5 to 6 months of age. While younger pets can also be desexed, there are more risks involved. Even if your pet is already an adult, there are still significant benefits to desexing. 

The advantages to desexing include:-

    • Female dogs have a significantly lower risk of developing mammary tumours and cancer if desexed before their first cycle. 
    • By desexing your female dog or cat, you can avoid the problem of "in heat" cycles and unwanted males coming to your home. 
    • By desexing your pet, you can avoid the problem of unwanted litters of kittens or puppies. 
    • Desexing your male dog can eliminate the possibility of cancers related to the sex organs or sex hormone-related tumours of the anus. 
    • By desexing your pet, you can avoid the risk of life-threatening infections of the womb (pyometra) in female dogs and prostatic enlargement or infections in male dogs. 
    • Desexing your male cat can decrease the risk of urine marking and spraying. 
    • Desexing your pet can decrease antisocial behaviour and aggression, especially in male animals. 
    • Desexing your pet can eliminate the significant risk of them trying to escape to mate and potentially being injured, killed, or going missing, especially for male cats. 
    • Desexing your pet can eliminate the risk of fighting with other animals of the same sex and species, especially male cats. 
    • If you desex your pet, you can improve their likelihood of having a longer and healthier life. 
    • Desexing your pet can result in reduced council fees. 

Dog & Cat Desexing Donvale

Common questions we are asked include:

If you desex your pet, their personality will remain the same, but it can decrease aggression in male animals. Your male dog is likely to behave better around other male dogs and male cats are less likely to fight. Male animals can also become friendlier toward their owners, especially male cats. All pets are less likely to try to escape and roam. The guarding instinct is retained, so your dog will continue to guard you and your house. 

Spaying a female dog while she is on heat is not recommended due to the increased risk of bleeding. However, we may make exceptions for female cats, as they have a longer period of being on heat. For further information, please contact us. 

It's important to understand that overfeeding is the primary cause of pet obesity, not desexing. After desexing, your pet's dietary needs may change, and they may require less food than before, depending on their age, breed, and activity level. For more information, please contact us. 

While desexing can help reduce aggression in male dogs, it's crucial to remember that training may also be necessary to manage any behavioural concerns. Additionally, it's worth noting that desexing may not have the same effect on aggression in female dogs.  

In Australia, having a litter does not improve your cat or dog's temperament or happiness. Unwanted kittens and puppies are still euthanised, so we do not recommend having litters unless they are wanted and can be properly cared for. Additionally, early desexing decreases the risk of mammary tumours in female dogs. 

You can book an appointment for desexing surgeries on weekdays. The cost of the surgery covers anaesthesia, hospital stay, the procedure, and pain relief for the day. Additional charges apply for intravenous fluids on the day. 

What to do before the surgery.

Clean your dog before surgery day to minimise the risk of post-operative infection. Keep in mind that your dog cannot be washed again until the stitches are removed. 

The night before surgery, provide your pet with their evening meal and remove any access to food after 10 PM. Make sure to keep them hydrated with free access to water. 

Please drop off your pet at the clinic between 8 and 9 AM on the day of surgery unless otherwise arranged with our staff. 

After the surgery.

It is important to keep your pet warm and sheltered from the weather after the anaesthetic. 

Please ensure your pet only receives a small meal (half serve) for dinner. Access to water should be provided at all times. 

To avoid wound breakdown and swelling, please limit your pet's exercise for around 10 days following surgery. 

We strongly advise that your pet does not lick or chew at their stitches or surgery site, as this can compromise the healing process. In some cases, we may recommend the use of an Elizabeth collar to prevent licking, and we also offer a bitter-tasting product that can discourage licking. 

A small bandage will be present where the anesthetic was injected. You may remove it 1-2 hours after taking your pet home. 

Please complete the full course of medication as directed. 

Twice daily checks of your pet's wound are recommended to ensure it appears clean and dry with little swelling and redness. Please contact the clinic if you notice excessive swelling, redness or discharge. 


Please contact or call us (03) 9899 9518 if you would like further information about our desexing options for your pet near Donvale.