For a Happier and Healthier Pet
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 usually around a week 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.
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.
Advantages of Desexing Your Pet:
- A far happier, healthier and content family pet
- 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.
- Reduced NSW lifetime registration fee
Common Questions About Desexing:
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.
How is desexing performed?
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic. A sedative and pain relief injection 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, as well as a few days afterwards. This ensures your pet is comfortable and pain free during the recovery period.
Does my pet really need IV fluids and blood testing prior to their procedure?
Here at Enfield Veterinary Hospital, we believe best practice should be followed with general anaesthetics, and that is to provide IV fluids for your pet. This comes at an extra $88 and helps to support your pet’s system under anaesthetic, and also gives us an emergency IV access point to administer potentially life saving drugs to your pet in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Blood tests can be run on the morning of the procedure, and check liver and kidney function to ensure your pet is healthy enough to go under anaesthetic. Whilst young dogs are unlikely to have an issue with these organs, we cannot detect illness from an external examination.
Blood tests for dogs and cats under 7 years of age are $105
Blood tests for dogs and cats over 7 years are $115
Why do you keep female cats and dogs overnight?
The procedure for female cats and dogs is a little more involved for desexing. We have to go into the abdominal cavity to remove the uterus and fallopian tubes. This means they need to be kept of cage rest for 12-24 hours after. We often need to supply them with extra pain relief as the procedure is more involved.
Whilst we are not here overnight, your pet is very sleepy following the procedure and usually sleeps the night away.
Will my pet have stitches?
Potentially. Some procedures can be completed with sutures that are under the skin and dissolve on their own over a few weeks. Some skin types and some surgical wounds mean we can only put external sutures on. Some cats or dogs may require to go home with an Elizabethan collar to stop them licking at their sutures. Pets will not go home with a bandage covering their wounds.
Sutures are removed at the 10-14 day mark by a nurse.
Do I need to take time off work?
In short – no. Young animals tend to recover from surgery remarkably quickly. By the next day most owners report that its as though their pet never even had surgery! The effects of the anaesthetic wear off by the following morning and most pets are back to being bright and happy.
You will need to limit heavy physical activity, eg, no off leash running, no laser pointer play, ball or toys throwing etc, for at least 7-10 days. Gentle lead walking is absolutely fine, just avoid dogs parks and rough play!
How will the council know my pet has been desexed for a discounted rate?
We have access to the NSW Pet Registry and can update your pets desexing status on your behalf. Please note we cannot change this status if we did not desex your pet here at Enfield Vet, or if we did not sight a desexing certificate from another clinic.
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Enfield Veterinary Hospital has been serving the pet community for longer than any other vet in the South West of Sydney including the suburbs of Enfield, Strathfield, Strathfield South, Homebush, Burwood, Croydon, Croydon Park, Concord, Ashfield, Belfield, Campsie, Greenacre and the surrounding areas of the greater Inner West of Sydney. We have been part of the local landscape for almost 40 years. One of our partners, Dr Catherine Brett, has been caring for pets of the community for over 20 years.