A surgical technique called desexing or neutering stops your pet from being able to reproduce. It is known as “castration” for male pets and “spaying” for female pets. This is the most common surgery performed by our veterinarians, and your pet will typically return home the same evening.
Although 5 to 6 months of age has traditionally been the most popular time to desex a pet, it is never too late. Since 1 July 2020, cats in NSW must be neutered by 4 months of age (NSW Government ruling). Also in NSW, if cats and dogs are desexed and registered by 4 months old for cats and 6 months old for dogs, the council-imposed registration charge is reduced.
Desexing your pet before the age of six months has several advantages. They consist of:
Your pet will keep the characteristics they had before the operation, perhaps with the extra benefit of being more tranquil and less aggressive.
No, it is best if she has not had any litters before getting spayed.
If she is permitted to have her first heat, her risk of getting mammary cancer rises.
After desexing, hormonal changes may cause your pet’s metabolism to slow down. This can be easily addressed by modifying meals and ensuring they get enough exercise. Rest assured, a desexed animal can undoubtedly be kept at a healthy weight.
There is some initial soreness, but the majority of animals recover rapidly. Plus, we provide pain management both before and following surgery. If you want, your pet can be released from the hospital with a brief course of painkillers to take at home for the first few days following the operation. In reality, your pet will probably require some slowing down in most situations!