Desexing Your Pet
Desexing is an important decision and, from our professional point of view, a significant surgical procedure that requires a high level of care and skill.
Desexing involves removing part of your pet’s reproductive system. This procedure is performed in our fully equipped, sterile operating theatre under the complete care of our operating veterinarian and supporting veterinary nurses.
There are many benefits to having your dog or cat desexed, with evidence suggesting that desexed pets live longer and have fewer diseases then undesexed pets. The benefits extend beyond just preventing unwanted pregnancies.
Pets who have been desexed or sterilised are less likely to get diseases and certain illnesses such as mammary cancer and uterine infections in females and prostate problems and peri-anal tumours in males.
There are also behavioural benefits such as preventing male cats from spraying and preventing male dogs attempting to escape their homes to reach nearby females on heat. Entire male dogs will go to extraordinary lengths to pursue a nearby female dog on heat, increasing chances of motor vehicle accidents, dog fights and lost pets.
Under the WA Cat Act 2011, all cats over six months must be sterilised. This law aims to provide better management of the unwanted impact of cats on the community and the environment, and encourages responsible cat ownership.
Pets can be desexed at any age including during their more mature years. We recommend to desex most pets around 6 months of age before they sexually mature. We can desex a female pet whilst they are in heat/ season, however, this makes the surgery potentially more complicated and does incur a surcharge.