Desexing or neutering your pet is one of the most important decisions you will make for their overall health and well-being. It is a surgical procedure which requires a high level of training, care and skill. Here at Rural Veterinary Services our team provides a high level of standard when performing all surgical procedures.

During your pets desexing procedure the Vet will remove part of your pet’s reproductive system which will stop them from being able to reproduce. In male pets it is commonly referred to as “castration”, and in female pets as “speying”. Depending on your pets breed their ideal age of desexing may vary between six months of age to one and a half years of age. If you are unsure when to desex you pet you can call our friendly reception team or book in a consultation with a vet prior to the surgery day.

The benefits of desexing your pet;

  • Reduces unwanted litters of cats and dogs in the community.  
  • Reduce their likelihood of cancers such as testicular, prostate, mammary tumours and infection of the uterus (pyometra).
  • For males desexing may also reduce unwanted behaviour such as wandering off and aggression towards humans and other animals.
  • Stops the “on heat” cycle for females and stops spotting.
  • A requirement in South Australia
Head Nurse Alice discussing the admission process for a surgery at RVS.

After care for you pets desexing

  • Our nursing team will discharge your pet between 3 and 4:00pm, at this point the nursing team will go over specific home care instructions.
  • Your role- It is vital that you keep your pet as quiet as possible following their desexing. This will decrease the risk of infection to the surgical site.
  •  Recovery period; 10-14 day  for the surgical site to heal. 
  •  They will be sleepier and need close supervision, feed a small amount of food and kept somewhere warm.
  • You may be given post-surgical medication which will need to be given as per the label instructions.
  • It is important you check the surgical site once per day for signs of infection. 
  • Prevent yur pet from licking or chewing at the surgical site for at least 10 days while it heals
  • Special collars can be used BUT here at Rural Vets we also offer surgical suits to cover the area ad reduce the occurrence of infection. 
  • Sutures may need to be removed 10-14 days post-surgery if certain sutures weren't used. 

If you have any questions regarding any surgery please don’t hesitate to call our friendly team. 

Here at RVS we provide "pet suit" as an option post surgery to prevent wound interference not just cones. Suits can be more comfortable for your pet in recovery.