Advantages of Desexing
- Desexed dogs and cats generally live longer and happier lives.
- Desexed male animals cannot develop testicular tumours (cancer), because the surgery involves the removal of both testicles.
- The male hormone testosterone can cause problems with the prostate gland, leading to problems going to the toilet. Desexed male animals have a much lover chance of developing prostate problems.
- Desexing male animals prevents unwanted pregnancies, and so helps prevent the large number of unwanted puppies and kittens each year.
- Desexing male animals can reduce unwanted behaviours such as aggression and urine marking or spraying.
The Desexing Operation
- In both dogs and cats, both testicles are removed during desexing.
- In male cats, two small cuts are made in the skin of the scrotum and no sutures are required to close the skin.
- Male dogs have a small wound with stitches usually put beneath the skin, which means that no sutures need to be removed at a later date.
- Although this is a routine procedure, it is major surgery and does carry a small risk, as does any surgery where the animal has a general anaesthetic. We use an anaesthetic gas which is also used in human surgery, and it is the safest available at the present time.
- A trained Veterinary Nurse will monitor your pet at all times and every precaution is taken to make sure the surgery is safe and uneventful.
Will Desexing Make My Pet Overweight?
Desexing does reduce an animal’s metabolic rate, which can lead to a dog or cat putting on weight. However, reducing the amount of food the animal is fed and making sure that they continue to exercise will reduce the problem of weight gain.
When Is The Best Time To Get My Pet Desexed?
We recommend desexing at 5-6 months of age in dogs and cats, as young animals are more likely to recover quickly from the anaesthetic.
What If My Pet Only Has One Testicle That I Can See?
Male dogs and cats that only have one testicle in the scrotum are called cryptorchid animals. The testicle that is left in the abdomen is at a much higher temperature that it should normally be kept at, and in most cases, it will become cancerous as the animal gets older. For this reason it is important to desex the dog or cat at a young age.
What Do I Do Next?
- Contact Coreen Avenue Vets or Western Sydney Cat Hospital to book an appointment time and day.
- We only need a few days notice to book your dog and cat in for a desexing operation. Sometimes they are ready to go home from hospital that night.
- Desexing can be preformed Monday to Friday, expect Public Holidays.
- You can drop your pet off either the night before, or the morning of surgery as long as you can withhold ALL for from him that morning.
- Think about whether you would like to have pre-anaesthetic bloods test or a heartworm test done prior to surgery.