Gold City Veterinary Clinic

(07) 4787 4949

119-121 Towers St - corner of Church St and Towers St, Charters Towers
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Desexing or neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce.  In male pets it is commonly referred to as “castration”, and in female pets as “spaying”.  This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and generally your pet is home by the evening of surgery.

The most common age to desex your pet is 6 months, however they are never too old to be desexed.

There are many benefits to desexing your pet at 6 months. They include:

  • Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year

  • Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, and it prevents pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females

  • Stopping the “heat” cycle in females 

  • Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males

  • Being less prone to wander, especially in males which increases risk of fighting and being hit by cars

  • Reduction in males urinating all over the house and yard

  • Living a longer and healthier life

  • Reduction of council registration fees

Common questions about desexing

“Will desexing affect my pet’s personality?”

Your pet will retain their pre-operation personality, possibly with the added bonus of being calmer and less aggressive.


“Should my female have one litter first?”

No – it is actually better for her not to have any litters before being spayed.  Her risk of developing breast cancer increases if she is allowed to go through her first heat.  If a female has two heats, one in 4 of these bitches will develop breast cancer.  


“Will it cause my pet to become fat?”

Your pet’s metabolism may be slowed due to hormonal changes after desexing,however this is easily managed with adjusting feeding and ensuring adequate exercise. There is no reason a desexed pet cannot be maintained at a normal weight.


“Is desexing painful?”

As with all surgery, there is some tenderness immediately after the procedure, but most pets will recover very quickly. We administer pain relief prior to surgery and after surgery too.(Your bitch will be discharged with a short course of pain relief medication to take at home for the first few days after the surgery).  In many cases, your pet will likely need some encouragement to take it easy!


“Will my dog lose its “guard dog”instinct?”

No, your dog will be just as protective of their territory as before the surgery.


What to do before and after surgery

Before surgery:

  • Make a booking for your pets operation.

  • If your pet is a dog, wash them the day before surgery as they are unable to be washed for a week after surgery.

  • They need to be fasted for surgery - do not give your pet food after 8pm the night before the operation.  Make sure they do not have access to any other food sources.  They can have water overnight. 

  • No breakfast on the morning of surgery

  • Please walk your animal so that they can toilet and be comfortable in hospital for the day

  • We offer preanaesthetic blood tesing prior to surgery to check vital organ function.  Along with the history that you give our staff, we can customise the procedure and drugs used for your animal.  

  • The vet and vet nurse will perform a thorough physical examination before administering an anaesthetic.

  •  Some pets will require intravenous fluids during surgery to maintain adequate blood pressure to vital organs. This will be discussed with you prior to the procedure (please note: this is included for all bitch speys, but is optional for all other surgeries for an extra charge)

  • To ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible, all pets receive pain relief at the time of surgery.  The type and duration will be tailored for each individual. 

After Surgery:

  • When you collect your animal, it is likely they will still be quiet as the effects of anaesthetic can take some time to wear off completely.

  • Keeping them quiet is essential to allow the wound to heal.

  • Food and water should be limited to small portions only on the night after surgery.

  • Follow any dietary instructions that the vet has provided.

  • Ensure all post-surgical medications (if any) are administered as per the label instructions.

  • Ensure your pet’s rest area is clean to avoid infection.

  • Check the incision at least twice daily for any signs of infection or disruption (eg. bleeding, swelling, redness or discharge). Contact the vet immediately if these symptoms appear. We offer free post surgical checks on all of our surgery. 

  • Prevent your pet from licking or chewing the wound. Special cone-shaped collars assist with this problem. Licking can introduce infection, cause inflammation of the wound and cause breakdown of stitches

  • Ensure you return to us on time for routine post-operative check-ups and removal of stitches if there any external sutures.  Most of our routine surgeries have all internal sutures which reduces post surgical complications

If you have any concerns before or after your pet has been desexed, please call us immediately to discuss.