Sterilisation

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Advantages of Sterilisation:

  • it removes the sexual urge to roam in search of a mate – therefore decreasing the likelihood of injuries and motor vehicle accidents.
  • it reduces the total of unwanted puppies and kittens which normally end up as strays.
  • it helps to decrease territorial behaviour such as urine spraying, night prowling and fighting especially in male cats. This is the main way diseases such as FIV and Feline Leukaemia are spread. It’s also the main cause of abscesses.
  • it helps to reduce aggression in male dogs and cats.
  • it reduces the risk of testosterone related health problems in male dogs and also reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
  • it eliminates the possibility of uterine infection called Pyometra which is potentially fatal in female dogs.
  • it reduces the risks of mammary cancer developing later in life.
  • it gives you a substantial saving (up to 75%) on registering your dog with the council – this is COMPULSORY by law.

Common misunderstandings about sterilisation:

  • It WILL NOT make your pet fat or lazy. As long as the diet is balanced and exercise is maintained there is no medical excuse for obesity. Remember that if male dogs are not roaming as much their exercise is reduced.
  • There is NO medical benefit gained from allowing a bitch to have a litter prior to sterilization.
  • It DOES NOT change the personality of male or female dogs.

The Procedure

In males this is known as a castration. We remove both of the testicles through a small incision just in front of the scrotum (in dogs) and a small incision in the scrotum (in cats).

In females this is known as a spey or an ovario-hysterectomy. We remove both the ovaries and the entire uterus through a small incision in the abdomen. Sometimes in female cats this incision is made on the side of their abdomen.

All of these procedures are performed under general anaesthetic and do not usually require the patient to stay in overnight. The minimum age at which we can sterilize your pet is 6 months. In females it is much safer to have them sterilized when they are not on heat.

Some Things to Think About

As the time approaches for you to sterilise your pet, we suggest you think seriously about where you have this procedure performed. Although desexings are performed as a routine procedure, great care still needs to be taken to ensure no complications are experienced during surgery. For this reason we believe that desexing operations should never be advertised as “on special” or “50% off”. Our prices for surgery are available by request from reception. Click here for individual Clinic contact numbers.

All prices quoted for sterilisation include the following:

  • A thorough physical examination before the anaesthetic and surgery are performed.
  • An anaesthetic appropriate for the animal’s age and physical health, not the cheapest! The safest form of anaesthetic (“gas”) is used routinely for the majority of procedures.
  • Opiate analgesia is used pre-operatively and all animals are sent home with analgesics (long acting pain relief).
  • Intravenous fluids are used to reduce anaesthetic risk
  • All surgery is performed in a clean and sterile environment in an operating theatre designed for that purpose.
  • Surgical instruments are cleaned and individually sterilized between surgeries.
  • During the anaesthetic, surgery and recovery all animals are under constant supervision by a veterinary surgeon or a registered veterinary nurse.
  • Animals are kept in clean and comfortable cages and kennels during their time in hospital.
  • All anaesthetised animals routinely have their teeth and ears checked and their nails clipped.
  • Suture removal and post-op checks are included in the cost of the surgery.

Please take into consideration these factors if you are shopping around for quotes on desexing your pet. Unfortunately, the statement “you get what you pay for” also applies to services in the veterinary industry.