Desexing, also known as spaying or neutering, is a surgical procedure performed on animals, typically cats and dogs, to remove their reproductive organs. In males, the procedure is called neutering, which involves removing the testicles. In females, it is called spaying, which involves removing the ovaries and usually the uterus as well.

Desexing is a common practice performed at Swan Street Vet for various reasons, including:

  1. Population control: Desexing helps control the population of stray and unwanted animals by preventing them from reproducing.
  2. Health benefits: Spaying female animals can reduce the risk of uterine infections, mammary tumours, and certain types of cancers. Neutering males can prevent testicular cancer and reduce the risk of prostate problems.
  3. Behavioural advantages: Desexing can help reduce aggressive and territorial behaviour in males, as well as eliminate the heat cycles and associated behaviours in females.
  4. Marking and roaming reduction: Neutering can help reduce urine marking in male animals and decrease their tendency to roam in search of a mate.

The basic desexing procedure involves the following steps:

  1. Pre-operative examination: Prior to the surgery, the veterinarian at Swan Street will perform a thorough examination of your pet to ensure they are healthy and suitable for the procedure. Blood tests may be conducted to assess the overall health of your pet.
  2. Anaesthesia: Your pet will be given anaesthesia to ensure they are comfortable and pain-free during the surgery. The type of anaesthesia used may vary depending on the animal’s age, health, and the veterinarian’s preference.
  3. Surgery: For male animals, a small incision is made near the scrotum, and the testicles are removed. In female animals, a larger incision is made in the abdomen, and the ovaries and uterus are removed. The incisions are then sutured.
  4. Recovery: After the surgery, your pet will be monitored closely as they wake up from anaesthesia. They may be given pain medication and placed in a warm and comfortable recovery area. It’s important to follow any post-operative care instructions provided by the veterinarian, such as limiting activity and ensuring proper wound care.
  5. Follow-up: In some cases, a follow-up appointment may be scheduled to check the incision site and remove any sutures if necessary. We will provide guidance on post-operative care, including when to resume normal activities and feeding.

It’s worth noting that desexing is a permanent procedure, and once an animal is spayed or neutered, they cannot reproduce. It is typically recommended to have the procedure done at a young age, before the animal reaches sexual maturity, although it can be performed at any stage of their life.

At Swan Street Vet, we prioritise the safety and well-being of your pet. Our Richmond veterinarians are highly experienced in desexing surgeries, and we exclusively utilise state-of-the-art anesthetics. Rest assured that your beloved companion will be in the safest hands possible during the procedure.

If you are considering desexing your pet, it is best to consult with a veterinarian at Swan Street Vet who can provide personalised advice and perform the procedure safely. If you’d like to learn more about the optimal timing for desexing your pet and receive guidance on preparing them for the surgery, our team at Swan Street Vet is here to help. Feel free to contact us today at (03)9111 0000, and our friendly staff will provide you with the information you need.