Girraween Veterinary Hospital are excited to announce our new discounted mature age desexing 'No Hump Day Wednesday'. Every Wednesday, all mature age desexing prices will be discounted! This is a saving of $65 for female speys and $35 for male castrates. Bookings are essential.
What does desexing mean for my pet?
Desexing is performed by veterinarians in sterile conditions under full general anaesthesia. In females the ovaries and uterus are completely removed. In males, both testes are removed, eliminating the source of sperm and the main source of the male sex hormone, testosterone. We do recommend that your pet stays quiet days following their procedure but in most cases are fully recovered from the surgery within one week.
It’s never too late to desex — there is no ‘best before’ age for either male or female dogs. In fact, the risk of certain diseases increases with age, so desexing is even more important for older dogs.
What are the risks of an un-desexed pet?
The most common factors that encourage owners to desex their pets are cancer, infection, unwanted breeding and to deter their pets from 'roaming' and other behaviours associated with entire pets.
An entire male will be predisposed to developing testicular cancer, while entire females will be at risk of uterine and ovarian cancers and be much more likely to develop mammary tumours.
Entire males also have significantly increased incidence of prostate problems.
For females, being entire allows them to develop a truly horrible infection of the uterus called pyometra, which can kill them (pictured).
Dogs that are desexed early avoid learning adult sexual behaviours such as fighting for territory, searching for other dogs 'in season', excessive urine marking and resource-protection aggression.
The decision to desex has benefits for the wider community too. It means less unwanted puppies.