Desexing Your Dog

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Desexing Your Dog

Desexing or neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. In male pets it is commonly referred to as “castration”, and in female pets as “spaying”. This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and generally your pet is home by the evening of surgery.

Male Dogs

Female Dogs

When to desex your male dog?

When to desex your female dog?

We recommend that any dog not intended for breeding should be desexed at six months.

We recommend that any dog not intended for breeding should be desexed at six months of age.

Benefits of desexing your male dog?

Benefits of desexing your female dog?

  • Reduces roaming and aggression – entire male dogs are more likely to wander in search of females, and are more likely to exhibit aggression, especially toward other dogs.
  • Reduces inappropriate sexual behaviour, such as mounting.
  • Reduces territory marking.
  • Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate.
  • Female dogs in season pass a bloody discharge and must be strictly confined.
  • Female dogs in season attract male dogs from a wide area.
  • Preventing unwanted litters, this can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year.
  • Prevents uterine infections (pyometra).
  • Dramatically reduces the risk of mammary cancer.
  • Prevents phantom pregnancies. 
  • Reduction of council registration fees.

How are male dogs desexed (castration)?

How are female dogs desexed (spey)?

A dog castration is a day procedure and involves a general anaesthetic. A single incision is made from which both testicles are removed. A dog spey is a day procedure and involves a general anaesthetic. An incision is made into the abdomen and the entire uterus is removed along with both ovaries.



    Common questions about desexing

    “Will desexing affect my pet’s personality?”

    Your pet will retain their pre-operation personality, possibly with the added bonus of being calmer and less aggressive.

    “Should my female have one litter first?”

    No – it is actually better for her not to have any litters before being spayed.Her risk of developing breast cancer increases if she is allowed to go through her first heat.

    “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.

    “Is desexing painful?”

    As with all surgery, there is some tenderness immediately after the procedure, but most pets will recover very quickly. We administer pain relief prior to surgery and after surgery too. Your pet will be discharged with a short course of pain relief medication to take at home for the first few days after the surgery. In many cases, your pet will likely need some encouragement to take it easy!

    “Will my dog lose its “guard dog “instinct?”

    No, your dog will be just as protective of their territory as before the surgery.

    Are there any risks Involved?

    Any anaesthetic carries a risk, this risk increases with age and disease. We conduct a thorough clinical examination of your pet, and tailor the anaesthetic to each individual to minimise the risk. 

    We may recommend pre-anaesthetic bloods or intravenous fluids before commencing surgery. Incontinence is a rare complication that can arise from a lack of the hormone oestrogen after desexing, and is easily treated.

    We take anaesthetics seriously. Our nurses are trained in monitoring anaesthetics and we have advanced monitoring equipment so your pet gets the best care while under anaesthetic. 

    In general, the benefits of desexing far outweigh the risks involved.