Surgical Procedures

Our veterinarians’ high level of expertise and our practice’s fully equipped surgical suite allows us to perform the vast majority of surgical procedures that your pet may require - from cruciate repairs, fracture repairs, amputations, desexing, lump removals, exploratory laporotomies, caesareans, biopsies, wound stitch-ups, removal of intestinal foreign bodies - the list is endless!


Desexing

Neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. In male pets it is referred to as castration; and in female pets as spaying.

This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and generally only requires a day stay in the clinic.

The most common age to desex your pet is at 6 months, however we are happy to assess each patient on a case by case basis.

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

  • Preventing unwanted litters.

  • Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males. 

  • Prevention of pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females.

  • Stopping the “heat” cycle in females if done before or at 6 months of age.

  • Being less prone to escape & wander, especially in males!

  • Living a longer and healthier life

  • Reduction of council registration fees


Common Questions 

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Will desexing affect my pet’s personality?

No. Your pet will retain their pre-operation personality. Desexing prevents the developement of scondary sexual characteristics, so you may notice you pet seems to calm easier, or seem less aggressive toward other people or animals. Thats because these are hormonally driven behaviours.  

Should my female have one litter first?

No. It is actually more beneficial for her NOT to have any puppies or kittens before being spayed.Her risk of developing breast cancer increases if she is allowed to go through even one heat cycle.

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.