At Emerald Veterinary Clinic, we recommend that both dogs and cats be de-sexed. With state of the art surgical and monitoring equipment, high quality multimodal pain relief, and human grade anaesthetics, we can provide your pet with the highest possible standard of care and ensure minimal discomfort. Pain relief is administered both before and after the procedure so your animal remains comfortable, and we will also give you additional pain relief medication to help your pet through the first few days following their surgery.


The Procedure

Castration and speying operations are day procedures, so your pet will be admitted in the morning and during this time you will have a consultation our surgical nurse to go through admission forms as well as our surgery safety protocols including:

• Pre-anaesthetic blood testing

• Intravenous fluid therapy; and

• Anaesthetic monitoring equipment

During admission, the nurse will also be able to organise a discharge time with you.

After the procedure we will let you know as soon as your pet wakes up.

After surgery, your pet will need to rest for between 10-14 days. This means no vigorous exercise - avoid jumping up, running and no walks except for toilet breaks. Stitches will be removed at a complimentary check-up 10-14 days after surgery.


Why desex your dog?

We recommend de-sexing male and female dogs before they reach sexual maturity. We usually recommend desexing between 4-6 months for developmental reasons. There are numerous benefits associated with de-sexing your dog including:

For female dogs:

• No unwanted litters of puppies

• No coming into heat- characterised by bleeding and attracting the attention of male dogs

• Greatly reduced risk of mammary tumours (breast cancer) if the dog is de-sexed before their first season/heat.

For male dogs:

• Less likely to mark territory with urine

• Less aggressive towards older dogs

• Less likely to wander

• Unlikely to develop prostate, testicular or perineal hernia problems later in life


Why desex your cat?

Male cats:

• Less urine marking (spraying)

• Less territorial (less likely to fight other cats)

• Less likely to develop Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS)

• Less likely to develop Feline Leukemia

• Less likely to roam


Female cats:

• No more periods of heat (characterised by meowing, rolling around on the floor, and generally restlessness) and attracting entire male cats to your home

• Lessened risk of a uterus infection (pyometra)

• Decreased risk of breast cancer (mammary neoplasia)

• No unwanted litters of kittens