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 “speying”. This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and generally your pet is home by the evening of surgery.
We recommend to de-sex your pet between the age of 8 months - 14 months, depending on the breed. They are never too old to be de-sexed.
Common Questions About Desexing
“Should my female have one litter first?”
No – it is actually better for her not to have any litters before being spayed.
“Will it cause my pet to become fat?”
Your pet’s metabolism will be slowed due to hormonal changes after desexing. 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. 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!