Desexing your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and generally your pet is home by the evening of surgery.

The most common age to desex your pet is between 4 and 6 months, however they are never too old to be desexed.

There are many benefits to desexing your pet before 6 months. They include:

  • Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year

  • Prevention of cancer in reproductive organs.

  • Decreasing unwanted behaviours such as; aggression and wandering especially in males.

  • Reduction of council registration fees

What to do before and after surgery

Before surgery:​

  • Call the clinic to confirm your admit time.

  • Please ensure you wash your dog the day before surgery.

  • Remove food at 10pm the night prior to surgery and removed water 7am the morning of surgery.

  • Ensure your dog/cat has been to the toilet before surgery

  • Ensure you dog/cat is secured in the house the night before surgery.

After Surgery:

  • Keep your pet quiet and rested. 

  • Food and water should be limited to small portions only on the night after surgery.

  • Ensure your pets bedding is clean.

  • Check the incision at least twice daily for any signs of infection or disruption.

  • Prevent your pet from licking or chewing the wound. 

  • Ensure you return to us on time (10 days) for routine post-operative check-ups and removal of stitches.

Frequently asked Questions

“Will desexing affect my pet’s personality?” 

Your pet will retain their pre-operation personality, possibly with the added bonus of being calmer and less aggressive. 


“Should my female have one litter first?” 

No – it is actually better for her not to have any litters before being spayed.Her risk of developing breast cancer increases if she is allowed to go through her first heat.


“Will it cause my pet to gain weight?” 

Your pet’s metabolism may be slowed due to hormonal changes after desexing, however this is easily managed with adjusting feeding and ensuring adequate exercise. There is no reason a desexed pet cannot be maintained at a normal weight.

“Is desexing painful?” 

As with all surgery, there is some tenderness immediately after the procedure, but most pets will recover very quickly. We administer pain relief prior to surgery and after surgery too.Your pet will be discharged with a short course of pain relief medication to take at home for the first few days after the surgery.  In many cases, your pet will likely need some encouragement to take it easy!


“Will my dog lose its “guard dog”instinct?” 

No, your dog will be just as protective of their territory as before the surgery.