DESEXING YOUR PET
We believe that all domestic pets should be desexed. This is because desexed pets benefit from:
- virtually eliminating the risk of prostate and testicular cancer in males (awful cancers that can cause major medical problems or even death)
- removing the risk of pyometra in females (a nasty infection and pus condition in the uterus that can cause rapid death usually requiring emergency surgery)
- there is no impact on weight (unless you feed too much!)
- reducing fighting (esp males), reducing cat bite abscesses and dog fight wounds (and fewer vet bills!)
- reducing wandering in males and improve the family friendliness of our pets. They spend less time thinking about where to find sex (not sexually frustrated), and more time thinking about being with their family
- reducing accidental litters of pets and adding to the many unwanted pets found all over Australia in pounds and shelters etc
In the “good old days” pets were neutered (speyed, desexed) at six months of age. The problem was, by the time pets were six months old, many were already pregnant and the boys had already been “wandering to sow their seed”! Too late!
Here at Curtin Vet clinic we support desexing between three and six months of age pets in most cases. We have performed early desexing for over 15 years and have witnessed major benefits.
SO WHY SHOULD WE DESEX PETS EARLY?
According to a comprehensive study by the University of Queensland, the advantages of Early Age Desexing include:
- shorter recovery times and shorter and less risky anaesthetic times
- minimal blood loss and much smaller incision sites
- less stress to kittens and puppies as they bounce back so much quicker after an anaesthetic and with less discomfort
- reduced aggression in pets (even compared with desexing later).
HOWEVER, THERE ARE SOME INSTANCES WHERE IT’S BEST TO DESEX LATER:
- early age desexing is not suitable for pets less than 1kg in weight
- for cryptorchid animals (males where only one testicle is in the scrotum) it’s best to allow more time for the other testicle to drop
- there could be a “question mark” for giant breeds where the improved growth from early desexing can add to significant bone stress already present in these breeds.
THE FOLLOWING OUTLINES WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH DESEXING AT OUR VETERINARY CLINIC:
Fasting No food after 8 pm the previous night, leave a water bowl out, but remove it first thing in the morning.
Pets can’t be bathed for seven days while the surgery site heals, either bath beforehand or we can do that for you, please let us know.
Please allow about 10 minutes for this appointment. We will detail the day’s procedure, run through your pet’s medical history with you and ask you to answer a series of questions prior to admission. We will also give your dog a thorough physical examination.
Your pet will receive pain relief prior to desexing, this is included in the desexing fee.
All drugs are carefully calculated according to physical status and weight.
Anaesthesia is induced then maintained with gas by placing a tube into your dog’s windpipe. We prepare individually tailored anaesthetic regimes to cater for routine to higher risk patients (young animals, seniors, heart patients, pregnancies).
Respiratory monitors are placed on your pet to indicate a breath has been taken, oesophageal stethoscopes allow us to hear your pet’s heartbeat and pulse oximeters give a read out of heart rate, pulse strength and blood oxygen levels. Blood pressure is also constantly monitored.
Your pet’s anaesthetic is graphed, we record heart and breathing rates, blood oxygen levels and all drugs given. This provides us with information for future use.
All surgical instruments are sterilized in our autoclave prior to use, surgical kits are not shared between animals and sterile single use syringes and needles are used.
Theatre Surgery is performed in a dedicated sterile operating theatre complete with a heated operating table to maintain your pet’s temperature throughout the operation.
Surgery involves the removal of both testicles in males, and in females both ovaries and the uterus are removed.
We recover all patients in the recovery area in specially warmed cages where we can monitor your pet closely until they are sitting up.
Discharge information sheets will accompany your pet and we will schedule a postoperative check up in three days.