It is recommended that pets not intended for breeding, are desexed to help reduce health and behavioural issues.
We recommended desexing at 5-6 months of age*, before puberty.
For males desexing (castration) involves the removal of the testicles from within the scrotal sac.
For females desexing (speying) involves the removal of both ovaries and the uterus.
Benefits of desexing include the prevention of unwanted litters, prevention of pyometra (infection of the uterus), reduced risk of mammary gland cancer in females, reduced risk of prostate and testicular cancer in males, and reduction of behavioural issues such as spraying, marking, and fighting (if desexed before 6 months of age).
Desexing is a day procedure in which the patient undergoes general anaesthesia for the surgery. Wound healing time is approximately 10-14 days, during this period the patient needs to rest, and remain clean and dry.
If you would like more information on desexing, please call us on (02) 4925 2999, one our friendly staff members will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
*Please note that as July 1st 2020 owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.