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De Sexing

Castrating or Speying – what does this actually mean?

The procedure

Both of these procedures involve having the reproductive organs removed under a general anaesthetic. For males this involves removing the testicles and for females the ovaries and uterus are removed.

Why do we do this?

We de-sex animals for various reasons. Mainly to stop the production of unwanted puppies and kittens but also to reduce agression, the desire to roam and territorial behaviour, as well as prevent complications in later life.

How long is the pet be at the vets

You’re pet will stay at the clinic for a whole day. They are admitted at 8am (make sure they haven’t had any breakfast) and are usually ready to go home after 3.30pm.

After care

After care for your pet is very important.

Your pet will probably be a little sleepy for the first 24 hours post surgery and will need to be kept in a nice warm quiet environment. You can offer a little water and food if he/she is interested. Don’t be too concerned if they are not interested in anything in this first 12 hours post surgery, however if he or she is not eating and drinking the next day then please call the surgery and let us know.

He or she will need to be kept quiet for the next week and prevented from jumping onto furniture and from running around. No swimming for dogs please!!

It is very important that your pet isn’t allowed to scratch or lick at the surgery site. If your pet is worrying at the wound then it is wise to get an Elizabethan collar to prevent your pet from pulling out the sutures.

We will need to see you and your pet in 10 –14 days to remove the sutures. Call the surgery on 544 1200 to book an appointment.

If you are at all concerned about your pet please contact us.


These range from $100 – $430 depending on the size, sex & species of your pet