Desexing

Desexing

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Enfield Veterinary Hospital
94 Coronation Parade
Enfield
NSW 2136

Phone:
02 9747 3999

Desexing

We recommend that all dogs, cats and rabbits are desexed as part of their routine health and wellbeing. Desexings can be done on any weekday, however we do require a booking a few days in advance. Please call the Hospital on 9747-3999 to arrange the appointment, or if you would like to discuss anything further. Please see below for more information about the benefits.

For information about what to expect on the day & after - click here (coming soon)


 

There are many advantages of having your pet desexed.  Some owners may be reluctant to have their pet speyed/castrated due to the many myths surrounding the practice.  Following are the advantages of desexing as well as the answers to some very common myths.

Summary of the advantages of desexing your pet:

  • A far happier, healthier and content family pet
  • A discounted rate of registration with your local council
  • No unwanted puppies or kittens adding to the already existing feral population
  • Reduced risk of prostate disease
  • No chance of testicular, ovarian or uterine cancer or disease
  • A pet less likely to roam in search of a mate (with a good chance of getting into fights, killing our wildlife, getting stolen or getting hit by a car)
  • A pet less likely to annoy the neighbours and/or their pets due to unacceptable behaviours triggered by circulating hormones or due to the frustration of being confined
  • Less chance of territorial behaviours such as marking territory and aggression.
  • $55 NSW council registration fee instead of $201 non-desexed animal fee

Will my pet’s personality change?
Desexing does not change your pet’s personality at all. If anything, your pet will be easier to handle and train, as it will be healthier, happier and more focused on you and your family. You will not be competing with hormones when training your pet to behave in an acceptable manner.

Do desexed animals gain weight?
The only way possible your pet can get fat is if your pet is eating too much food for the amount of energy it is using up in exercise.  If an animal is putting on weight, decrease the amount of food and increase the amount of exercise.  Ideally you should be able to feel the ribs with slight pressure, but not see the ribs. Feel free to ask a nurse to calculate your pets daily energy and feeding requirements.

Does desexing affect your dog’s ability to guard?
Male and female dogs are equally good guard dogs.  The tendency to protect the owner's property is not 
related to the sex of the dog, so desexing makes no difference.  Many professional guard dog trainers desex their dogs so they are less distracted by other dogs when working.

Does an animal need to experience having a litter in order to be a more content pet?
Allowing your female pet to have a litter will not improve her behaviour or level of maturity.  She will not become happier or more content. Providing both mental (training, toys) and physical stimulation (exercise) along with some TLC will result in a happy contented pet.

Does an animal need to have a season before desexing?
There is no benefit in allowing your pet to come into season before having it desexed. The advantages of desexing before sexual maturity are:

  • Your pet will not suffer an unwanted pregnancy.
  • Your pet’s chance of developing mammary tumours (breast cancer) and uterine infections increases with each season she experiences. Your pet will not experience a season after desexing.
  • Desexing involves a complete ovariohysterectomy so medical conditions and behaviour associated with hormone production in the ovaries is eliminated.

Is desexing a ‘cruel or barbaric’ practice?
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic.  A sedative is given to your pet shortly after admittance to our hospital. This ensures that by the time the anaesthetic is given your pet is quite relaxed and stress free. Pain relief is given prior to surgery as well as prior to going home. This ensures your pet is comfortable and pain free during the recovery period.  De-sexing is the most effective means of helping a modern day pet to cope with the stresses of living in a crowded suburban environment.

 

In short, when it comes to desexing, there are no disadvantages but plenty of advantages.  

There are many advantages of having your pet desexed.  Some owners are concerned about having the procedure performed because of the myths surrounding desexing.  Following are the advantages of desexing as well as the answers to some very common myths.

Summary of the advantages of desexing your pet:

·         A far happier, healthier and content family pet

·         A discounted rate of registration with your local council

·         No unwanted puppies or kittens adding to the already existing feral population

·         Reduced risk of prostate disease

·         No chance of testicular, ovarian or uterine cancer or disease

·         A pet less likely to roam in search of a mate (with a good chance of getting into fights, killing our wildlife, getting stolen or getting hit by a car)

·         A pet less likely to annoy the neighbours and/or their pets due to unacceptable behaviours triggered by circulating hormones or due to the frustration of being confined

·         Less chance of territorial behaviours such as marking territory and aggression.

·         $51 NSW council registration fee instead of $188 non-desexed animal fee

Will my pet’s personality change?
Desexing does not change your pet’s personality at all. If anything, your pet will be easier to handle and train, as it will be healthier, happier and more focused on you and your family. You will not be competing with hormones when training your pet to behave in an acceptable manner.

Do desexed animals gain weight?
The only way possible your pet can get fat is if your pet is eating too much food for the amount of energy it is using up in exercise.  If an animal is putting on weight, decrease the amount of food and increase the amount of exercise.  Ideally you should be able to feel the ribs with slight pressure, but not see the ribs. Feel free to ask a nurse to calculate your pets daily energy and feeding requirements.

Does desexing affect your dog’s ability to guard?
Male and female dogs are equally good guard dogs.  The tendency to protect the owner's property is not

related to the sex of the dog, so desexing makes no difference.  Many professional guard dog trainers desex their dogs so they are less distracted by other dogs when working.


 

Does an animal need to experience having a litter in order to be a more content pet?
Allowing your female pet to have a litter will not improve her behaviour or level of maturity.  She will not become happier or more content. Providing both mental (training, toys) and physical stimulation (exercise) along with some TLC will result in a happy contented pet.

Does an animal need to have a season before desexing?
There is no benefit in allowing your pet to come into season before having it desexed. The advantages of desexing before sexual maturity are:

·         Your pet will not suffer an unwanted pregnancy.

·         Your pet’s chance of developing mammary tumours (breast cancer) and uterine infections increases with each season she experiences. Your pet will not experience a season after desexing.

·         Desexing involves a complete ovariohysterectomy so medical conditions and behaviour associated with hormone production in the ovaries is eliminated.

Is desexing a ‘cruel or barbaric’ practice?
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic.  A sedative is given to your pet shortly after admittance to our hospital. This ensures that by the time the anaesthetic is given your pet is quite relaxed and stress free. Pain relief is given prior to surgery as well as prior to going home. This ensures your pet is comfortable and pain free during the recovery period.  De-sexing is the most effective means of helping a modern day pet to cope with the stresses of living in a crowded suburban environment.

In short, when it comes to desexing, there are no disadvantages but plenty of advantages.