Dog & Cat Desexing Hughesdale
When should I have my pet desexed?
Desexing is recommended at approximately 5 to 6months of age. Younger pets can be desexed however there are more risks. If your pet is already an adult there are still significant advantages to desexing.
The advantages to desexing include:-
- Desexing female dogs before their first cycle significantly reduces their risk of developing mammary tumours and cancer.
- 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 prevent cancers related to the sex organs or sex hormone-related tumours of the anus.
- Desexing your pet can prevent 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.
- By desexing your pet, you can avoid the issue of antisocial behaviour and aggression, especially in male animals.
- By desexing your pet, you can avoid the significant risk of them trying to escape to mate and potentially being injured, killed, or going missing.
- Desexing your pet can reduce the risk of fighting with other animals of the same sex and species, especially male cats.
- Desexed pets are more likely to have longer and healthier lives.
- Desexing your pet can result in reduced council fees.
Common questions we are asked include:-
Will my pet’s personality change?
By desexing your pet, their personality will remain unaffected, 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.
Can I spay my pet while it is on heat?
Spaying a female dog while on heat may not be safe as it can increase the risk of bleeding. Exceptions can be made for female cats due to their long period of being on heat. Feel free to contact us for more information.
Will my pet gain weight?
Please note that overfeeding, not desexing, is the main cause of obesity in pets. After desexing, your pet's dietary requirements may change, and they may need to be fed less, depending on their breed, age, and activity level. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Will it decrease aggression in my male dog?
Desexing can decrease aggression in male dogs but it's important to note that training may also be needed to address any behavioural issues. It's worth noting that desexing may not be as effective in changing aggression in female dogs.
Should my female pet have have a litter?
Having a litter does not improve your cat or dog's personality or make them happier. In Australia, unwanted kittens and puppies are still euthanised. Therefore, we do not encourage new litters unless they are wanted and can be cared for properly. Early desexing also reduces the risk of mammary tumours in female dogs.
When can I make a booking?
We conduct desexing surgeries on weekdays. The surgery cost includes anaesthesia, hospitalisation, the procedure, and pain relief for the day. Additional fees are charged for IV fluids on the day.
What to do before the surgery.
For a lower chance of post-surgery infection, please clean your dog before their surgery day. Keep in mind that after the surgery, your dog cannot be washed until 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.
After the anaesthetic, please ensure that your pet is kept warm and sheltered from the weather.
Make sure to feed your pet only a small dinner (half serve) after the surgery. Your pet should have free access to water at all times.
Your pet should have limited exercise for about 10 days after surgery to prevent wound breakdown and swelling.
Your pet must not lick or chew at their stitches or surgery site, as it may interfere with the healing process. We may suggest the use of an Elizabeth collar to prevent licking, and we also have a product that discourages licking with a bitter taste.
The injection site of the anesthetic will be covered with a small bandage that can be removed 1-2 hours after your pet is discharged.
It is important to finish all medication as directed by our staff.
We recommend checking your pet's wound twice a day. It should appear clean and dry, with minimal 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 Hughesdale.