The routine spaying or neutering (desexing) of your pet is advocated in all situations where planned breeding is not an option. It helps prevent unwanted pets, can simplify pet ownership and reduces the instance of behavior problems, aggression and wandering/stray animals.
It is routine surgery for our vets but a once in a lifetime event for your pet. We want to make it as easy for them and you as possible. We suggest that they are best neutered when about 5-6 months of age. The surgery is easier, therefore the anaesthetic and surgery time is less and the recovery time for them faster. Puppies and kittens can be desexed from 12 weeks of age if necessary. All pets receive a pre-anaesthetic blood test as well as pre- and post-operative pain relief.
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Frequently asked questions
Q. Exactly what is removed during a spay or neuter surgery?
A. Speying is an ovario-hysterectomy (removal of the ovaries and the womb) and neutering is removal of the testicles. This is major surgery and is not to be confused with “tying the fallopian tubes” or male “vasectomy”.
Q. How long is my pet in the clinic for?
A. The operation is a routine surgery requiring only a day visit to the clinic.
Q. What advantages are there?
A. The result is a more manageable pet with fewer health problems in the long term including:
- Eliminating unwanted pregnancy
- No need to isolate your bitch from other dogs every 6 months
- Reduces roaming in male cats and dogs that in turn reduces the chance of them being injured or even killed in road accidents.
- Eliminates possibility of uterine cancer and reduces incidence of mammary tumours in females and eliminates chance of testicular cancer plus reduces incidence of prostatic disease in male pets.
- Reduces unpleasant urine spraying(marking) behavior
- Generally results in more trainable and obedient pets.
Q. Will my pet get fat afterwards?
A. Pets are usually desexed at their adolescent age, before they have reached full adult size, but weight gain over and above this normal maturation should not occur as a result of the surgery if feeding and exercise are balanced.
Q. Will my dog become a wimp?
A. Your pet’s personality and territorial drive will not be changed by desexing as these are not controlled by the sex hormones.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. Charges include a preanaesthetic blood test, pre and post anaesthetic pain relief (all except cat neuters go home with additional pain relief) plus nocharge check-ups and suture removal.
Prices listed are for animals aged under 3 years of age. Please enquire at the clinic for prices if your pet is over 3 years old.
DE-SEXING PRICES (Current at 1/4/16)
- Cat Neuter $99.50 Cat Spey $131.00
- Sml Dog Neuter (up to 7.5kg) $196.00
- Sml Bitch Spey (up to 7.5kg) $259.00
- Med Dog Neuter (7.5 to 25kg) $229.00
- Med Bitch Spey (7.5 to 25kg) $316
- Lrg Dog Neuter (25 to 40kg) $288.00
- Lrg Bitch Spey (25 to 40kg) $378.00
- XLrg Dog Neuter (40-60KG) $356.00
- XLrg Bitch Spey (40-60kg) $443.00
NB: Prices are subject to change.
COMMON ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES
In some males, the testicles fail to descend from their starting position inside the abdomen to their final position in the scrotum. These animals must be neutered as the retained testicle(s) have a much higher risk of cancer and the condition is hereditary so they should not be bred from. Neutering in this situation becomes essentially an exploratory surgery. ($80-$350)
These are detectable as a swelling over the ‘belly button’ area, resulting from a defect or hole remaining in the abdominal wall. These should be repaired as they can enlarge and allow the intestines to pass through and become trapped, but they can be left until the time of the desexing. ($60-$230)
Retained temporary teeth
Any baby teeth unshed after 6 months of age should be extracted, as they will start to decay, and will interfere with the permanent tooth’s position. These usually involve the canine (fang) teeth. The number and difficulty of extractions plus drugs determine the cost. ($50-$190)
Dew claw removal
While we do not perform this for cosmetic reasons, if it is required (e.g. if they are pendulous and likely to be injured), this can be done at the same time as desexing. It usually involves the hind limb dewclaws. Cost will depend on whether there are boney or cartilage attachments to the rest of the foot and on the number of claws removed. ($90-$230 per pair)
Call for an appointment or to talk to one of our team on 09 5370111