Keep your pet healthy and stop unwanted pregnancies through desexing
Why does my pet need to be desexed?
As well as stopping pregnancies, desexing your dog or cat also protects them from a range of diseases and prevents some behavioural problems.
Desexing your pet
At Doncaster Vet Hospital, our experienced veterinary surgeons desex thousands of puppies, kittens, dog and cats every year. We also desex rabbits. All of our patients receive the very best care during their hospital stay as well as after-care once they leave.
After an initial check up with one of our vets, you can book your pet in to be desexed.
What you need to know
Our desexing surgeries are performed on weekdays
Patients are admitted in the morning between 8am-9am
Patients must be fasted - no eating within the previous 12 hours
You will need to sign a surgical admissions form before we admit your pet
Patients are provided with pain relief which is included in the desexing cost
We offer a pre surgical blood test and fluids during surgery
Some patients are sent home with an elizabethan collar (pictured above)
You will be provided with a desexing certificate
Stitches are removed within 10-14 days after surgery
Want to book your pet in for desexing or discuss the procedure with one of our friendly vet nurses?
Puppy & Dog Desexing In Melbourne
We recommend desexing your puppies around 5-6 months. During your puppy consultation, the vet will take you through the procedure and the best time to desex your puppy. This may differ depending on the dog breed or the health of the dog.
Female Dog Desexing
Spaying a female dog involves removing the uterus and ovaries to stop ovulation. Desexing is very important for female dogs. The risk of pregnancy is very high for an un-desexed female dog and it brings with it issues. When delivering puppies, some dogs require c-sections which can cost upwards of $3000. Taking care of puppies is also time consuming and costly.
Not only does desexing your dog preventing pregnancy, spaying a bitch before her first cycle is proven to reduce the risk of mammary and ovarian tumours and reduce the risk of infections. Un-desexed female dogs are also at risk of Pyometra (an infection of the uterus which can require surgery). It also prevents messy bleeding when they are in season.
Male Dog Desexing
Desexing a male dog involves removing the testicles. It is very beneficial for male dogs as it protects them from testicular cancer as well as assisting in the prevention of some behavioural issues including aggression and territory marking. Not all behaviours can be fixed by desexing your dog, however behaviours fuelled by testosterone can be significantly reduced, making training and controlling your dog easier.
Entire male dogs are also at risk of endangering themselves when they sense a female dog in heat. This can include fighting with other male dogs and road accidents.
For large dog breeds, we recommend desexing male dogs once they are almost fully grown. Female dogs should be spayed before their first season regardless of their size as the procedure takes a lot longer and carries more risk after it.
If you have more questions regarding desexing your dog, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Kitten & Cat Desexing in Melbourne
Cats can reproduce several times a year with litters ranging from 2 to 5. With the majority of animals in shelters being cats, it is very important to desex them.
Female Cat Desexing
Female kittens can reproduce from 4 months of age. When a female cat is in season, she is extremely vocal and can display unwanted behaviours such as marking her territory with urine and generally being overly affectionate. Desexing prevents these behaviours and also keeps Tom cats away.
Spaying a cat before her first cycle significantly reduces the risk of mammary tumours and infections in the uterus. De-sexing avoids unwanted kittens, reduces the number of strays and dumping of unwanted cats.
Male Cat Desexing
Leaving a male cat un-desexed can lead to numerous unwanted behaviours such as aggression and urine spraying. Entire male cats also are at risk of injuries due to fights and road accidents from roaming to look for female cats.
We recommend desexing your kitten at around 4-5 months but kittens can be desexed as young as 8 weeks.
If you have more questions regarding cat desexing, please contact us.
Rabbit Desexing in Melbourne
Desexing rabbits prevents aggression and stops excessive breeding. Sometimes it is hard to determine the sex of rabbits when they are younger which makes desexing even more important.
To discuss desexing your rabbit, please contact us.