WHY SHOULD I GET MY PETS DESEXED?
Our Veterinary professionals at Vets for Pets Highly recommends that your pet is desexed (also referred to as sterilisation, castrating, spaying or neutering). There are a range of health benefits for your pet, but also reduces the number of puppies and kittens placed in animal shelters.
- Reduces the risk of prostatic diseases
- Reduces the risk of perinatal tumours
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancers
- Reduces the risk of mammary tumours
- Eliminates the risk of tumours in the ovaries, uterus and cervix
- Prevents other medical conditions such as pyometra (infection of the uterus)
What is the recommended age for your pet to be desexed?
This optimum age of desexing your pet depends on your pet’s breed. Cats and dogs that are smaller in size we recommend being desexed at around 6 months whist larger dog breed are able to be desexed when they have reached full bone growth. Our Veterinary professionals are able to assess your pet before giving any recommendations about desexing your pet.
What does desexing consist of?
The desexing procedure involves the removal of a region of the reproductive system in your pet that occurs under general anaesthetic. Spaying or also known as the procedure of desexing females involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus. Castrating which is known as the procedure of desexing males involves the removal of both testicles.
What happens before the surgery?
At the time of admitting your pet, you are required to answer some questions for a short amount of your time.
care and attention
When your pet has been admitted our veterinary professionals will place your pet in comfortable environment specifically of warm and soft bedding.
Our veterinary professionals will recommend your pet to have pre anaesthetic blood test at the time of admission discussed on the morning of the surgery.
Premedication is administered to minimise our pets stress leading up to the anaesthetic agent used for surgery.
On the onset of surgery your pet may receive a catheter into their vein to provide access for our veterinary professionals to your pet’s circulatory system. This is for the purpose of administering intravenous fluids, anaesthetic and pain relief.
Our veterinary professionals will perform physical examination prior to administering any anaesthetic for surgery. This includes assessing the teeth, ears, nails, lumps, etc) and checking your pets’ temperature, pulse and Respiratory system.
Prior to the onset of surgery your pet is administered with a pain relief to ensure your pet is comfortable post-surgery.
instruments, gowns and surgical area
Our preoperative protocol outlines that our surgical instruments are sterilised, and our surgical theatre is a sterile environment for your pet’s surgery.
What happens during surgery?
When your pets are induced with anaesthetic, the anaesthetic is maintained with a gas agent through a tube that is placed into your pet’s windpipe.
Our surgical table is where your pet is placed in our sterile operating theatre.
Our Veterinary professionals use a combination of manual and automatic monitoring systems to monitor your pet under surgery. These include the use of respiratory monitor (breathing sensor) to monitor your pets’ respiratory rate, the coupled use of a stethoscope and a pulse oximeter to monitor your pets heart beat, pulse strength and blood oxygen levels.
Our trained nurses will attend to your pet during surgery by assisting the veterinarian with the procedure.
The veterinarian surgeon that is conducting your pet’s surgery will make an appropriate incision and remove part of your pet’s reproductive system. Once this procedure has been completed, the incision area will then be sutured.
Post operation for your pet?
Care and recovery: post-operative care for your pet involves your pet being transported to our recovery area and a nurse will attend to your pet monitoring its recovery. Your pet will also receive some comfort and warmth with the use of a blanket and a heat-pad to regulate their temperature after surgery.
Your responsibilities: at the time of discharging your pet from day surgery, you are attended by our veterinary professionals to discuss post-operative care. Your will also receive and information sheet regarding your pets care after surgery. In the event of any concerns, do not hesitate to contact your local Vets for Pets clinic.