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”, which involves removal of both testicles, and in female pets as “speying”, which involves removal of the uterus and both ovaries. Desexing is one of the most common procedures performed by veterinarians - our team have lots of experience with these procedures, and will aim to make your pet's hospital stay as smooth and calm as possible. Desexing is performed as a day procedure and most animals are free to go home the same afternoon.
Most pets are commonly desexed around 6 months of age. In some cases we may recommend delaying desexing until > 12 months, but this is done on a case-by-case basis. Your pet is never too old to be desexed and, given that desexing can help reduce the risk of certain conditions (e.g. certain types of infections and cancers), we will recommend these procedures for the vast majority of our patients.
There are many benefits to desexing your pet before. 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
- Reduction of council registration fees