Cat and Dog Desexing in Whittlesea, Victoria
Desexing dogs and cats plays an integral role in preventing unwanted breeding among animals, and it can provide health and behavioural benefits for individual pets, as well.
At The Vet Practice in Whittlesea, our doctors and staff are always looking at the latest research in veterinary medicine and educating pet owners about what is best for their pets. Our desexing requirements are different for dogs and cats, due to their differing lifestyles and physiology.
What is ideal for one pet may not be so for another, and we ultimately want to give our clients the information they need to make responsible choices for their companions.
The Importance of Desexing Cats
Cats can have up to 5 litters per year if they are allowed to roam and breed as they please. Unless your feline family member is kept confined to your home at all times, there will always be some risk that they will become pregnant (or impregnate another cat).
Therefore, we strongly recommend that all cats be desexed at 5-6 months of age--before they have the chance to mate with another cat or become pregnant themselves.
Does My Dog Need to be Desexed?
We take a slightly different approach with canines, as they can be restrained and confined more effectively during their heat cycles and kept away from intact males. However, opting to not desex your pet places more responsibility on you, the owner, to make sure your pet remains securely confined when need be. We understand that not all pet owners can manage this responsibility, and may thus prefer to have their dogs desexed as a preventive measure.
Regardless of your decision, we’ll be happy to talk more in-depth about your pet’s desexing options and help you determine the proper course of action to keep them healthy.
If you do choose to desex your dog we recommend waiting until they have reached full maturity around 12 months of age or longer for large breeds.
Our Dog Desexing Procedures You have Options
We offer a few different spay options for female dogs, which include:
- The traditional spey which involves removing both the ovaries and uterus
- The ovarian spey, in which we remove just the ovaries by performing a minimally invasive keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery
- Ovary-sparing hysterectomy, where we remove just the uterus
For male dogs, as an alternative to the traditional castration procedure where both testicles are removed, we can perform a vasectomy that retains some of your pet’s essential hormones.
Please contact us for our Desexing Guides which explain what we include in our desexing procedures as well as the costs involved.