Desexing 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.


The most common age to desex your pet is approximately 6 months, however they are never too old to be desexed. To book for desexing we usually ask for about 2 weeks notice. Pets need to be dropped off the the clinic between 8-9 in the morning and are usually ready to go home in the early afternoon. At the time of discharge one of our nurses will discuss aftercare information and book a time for a post-operative check up.


There are many benefits to desexing your pet before 6 months. They include:

  • Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year

  • Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, and it can help prevent pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females

  • Stopping the “heat” cycle in females 

  • Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males

  • Being less prone to wander, especially in males

  • Living a longer and healthier life

  • Reduction of council registration fees



Common questions about desexing


“Will desexing affect my pet’s personality?”

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


“Should my female have one litter or season first?”

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.


“Will it cause my pet to become fat?”

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.


“Is desexing painful?”

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. In many cases, your pet will likely need some encouragement to take it easy!


“Will my dog lose its “guard dog” instinct?”

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


If you have any questions about desexing please call us on 8382 3700