Desexing

Desexing Recommendations

We recommend all puppies be desexed. The optimum age for small to medium sized dogs, and for all cats is between 5-6 months of age just prior to the animal reaching sexual maturity. For large breed dogs, recent studies indicate a reduced incidence in joint problems in dogs that are desexed at around 15 months of age and this is now our recommendation. Female dogs will come into season if desexing is delayed to 15 months, so some owners will still choose to desex females at about 10 months of age.

Desexing not only prevents unwanted pregnancy but helps reduce the desire to roam or fight. It also greatly reduces the chance of developing some forms of cancer (Females – Uterine & Mammary Cancers and in Males – Prostate and testicular cancer).

When your pet is desexed they will have a small black Tattoo placed in their left ear to verify that they have been desexed, as well as a desexing certificate.  This will also reduce registration costs with City Council.

Desexing Options

We understand that you pet is an important member of your family and we aim to provide them with the best possible care and safety when they are desexed. We offer 3 levels of service and these are explained below. Any staff member can discuss these options more fully with you.

ROUTINE DESEXING

  • Premedication with Sedative and Opioid Pain Relief injection.
  • Desexing, sterile kit and theatre.
  • Anaesthetic monitored at all time by a dedicated Theatre Nurse.
  • Long acting pain relief injection (24 hour Pain Relief).
  • Take home pain relief tablets (to continue the pain relief for three days).
  • Elizabethan Collar

EXTRA CARE DESEXING

  • Intravenous fluids (to maintain blood pressure during the anaesthetic).
  • Opioid Pain Relief with Premedication.
  • Desexing, sterile kit & theatre.
  • Anaesthetic monitored at all time by a dedicated Theatre Nurse.
  • Long acting pain relief injection (24 hour Pain Relief).
  • Take home pain relief tablets (to continue the pain relief for three days).
  • Elizabethan Collar

PREMIUM CARE DESEXING

  • Pre anaesthetic Blood Screen (to check for subclinical health problems).
  • Intravenous Fluids (to maintain blood pressure during the anaesthetic).
  • Opioid Pain Relief with Premedication.
  • Desexing, sterile kit & theatre.
  • Anaesthetic monitored at all time by a dedicated Theatre Nurse.
  • Long acting pain relief injection (24 hour Pain Relief).
  • Elizabethan Collar (to prevent chewing of the stitches).
  • Take home Pain Relief Tablets (to continue the pain relief for three days).

The increasing level of care offers your pet greater safety and comfort during and after the surgery, so they will recover quickly.

The 3 levels give you the opportunity to select the level of care you wish your pet to have and how much you wish to spend.

Care after Surgery

Your pet will need to be confined to a small area of the house, laundry or garage over the next 5 days. This is to try and minimise the amount of running, jumping and playing they will do. The more they rest the faster and better her surgical site will heal. Ensure she has fresh water and comfortable bedding available in the area she is confined to.
Sorry no walks during this time. After this time, controlled walking can begin.

We will provide you with an Elizabethan collar for your pet to wear, to avoid them licking at the wound. The stiches will be removed after 10 days

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