Deciding to have a much-loved puppy desexed is often a traumatic time for a pet owner. We hope that this page answers any queries you may have. If you have any other concerns, please feel free to speak with any of the our friendly staff.
Dogs and Cats coming in to be desexed are normally admitted to the hospital either on the morning of the operation, without breakfast, or if this is inconvenient, on the evening before. The operation to desex both female and male dogs and cats is performed under sterile conditions using full general anaesthesia. Your pets safety is our main concern at Coast Animal Health.
In the female, the abdomen is clipped free of hair, an incision is made along the mid line of the abdomen, and the ovaries and uterus are completely removed by a qualified Vet; this eliminates the possibility of having puppies, prevents her from coming into season, and prevents the development of infections of the uterus later in life.
In the male, the area around the scrotum is clipped free of hair, an incision is made just in front of the scrotum and both testes are completely removed by a qualified Vet; this eliminates the source of sperm and also the main source of the male sex hormone, testosterone.
Because both procedures are performed under general anaesthesia the animals feel no pain during the operation itself; we routinely administer analgesics at the time of desexing to minimise any postoperative discomfort.
Desexing is a day procedure. Admission times are from 8am until 9.30am. We will book you an admission time, to drop your pet off at the clinic. Please allow 15 minutes for the admission process. If you can not bring your pet in on the day and a friend or relative is dropping your pet off, then please come in before and sign all the paperwork. We will contact you after the surgery to let you know of your pets’ progress and to arrange a discharge time.
When your dog goes home, we ask you to keep an eye on the wound and to let us know if there is any problem with the surgery site such as swelling, discharge, or if he manages to chew any of the stitches out; these complications are unlikely but do occasionally occur and we encourage you to contact us, if you have any concerns at all. If you are concerned that your pet may lick at the sutures, then we can happily fit an Elizabethan collar.
We also recommend that you do not bathe your dog until after the stitches have been removed.
We advise keeping your pet quiet for several days after discharge. Beyond this, fairly normal activity may then be allowed.
The skin sutures need to be removed 10 to 14 days after the surgery.
The best age to consider dog and cat desexing is at about six months; at this stage the dog / cat will have matured reasonably well physically and be old enough to cope with an elective anaesthetic and surgery, but will not have reached an age where a male will have developed many antisocial habits, or a female will have come into season.
Your dog may quieten down a little after desexing, but there will be no fundamental change of character; she will still be as good a watchdog as ever. A desexed dog does not become fat, however the metabolic requirements for food will decrease. In addition, desexing is normally done at an age when a dog’s growth is almost finished; at this stage food requirements will decrease, so it is important to avoid overfeeding and to continue with adequate exercise. We recommend Royal Canin Neutered Food after desexing.