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TO NEUTER OR NOT TO NEUTER - THAT IS THE QUESTION
Many clients ask us whether they should desex their pets, and what the pros and cons are.
Desexing and neutering are terms used for the surgical removal of reproductive organs of males and females and ensures that your pet has less reproductive related health problems as he or she ages.
When to Desex Your Pet?
Neutering is usually done at 5-6 months of age. In some large breed dogs we may recommend desexing while still a little younger.
Desexing before animals have reached sexual maturity helps reduce mammary tumours in females, and helps prevent the development of aggression.
Speys; involves entering the abdominal cavity and complete removal of the ovaries and uterus
Castration; involves removal of the testicles through a skin incision just in front of the scrotum in dogs, or over the scrotum in cats.
Before the surgery, your pet is given a full physical examination, to ensure he or she is healthy and able to cope with the surgery.
Your pets will be monitored continuously during and after the operation both electronically and by a trained veterinary nurse. In this way we are able to reduce any risks.
Patients are in our hospital for the day of surgery only, going home the same evening.