De-sexing

Spay and Neutering

De-sexing your pet provides numerous health benefits.

Health Benefits

At Sage Vets, we strongly recommend getting your pets de-sexed—spaying for females, or neutering for males.
De-sexing your pet provides numerous health benefits.

Spaying
Spaying your pet:

  1. Completely eliminates the risk of tumours in the ovaries, cervix, and uterus
  2. Reduces the risk of mammary tumours
  3. Prevents infection and disease


Neutering
Neutering your pet:

  1. Eliminates the risk of testicular cancers
  2. Reduces the risk of prostate tumours
  3. Reduces the risk of perianal tumours


De-sexing your pet is also beneficial to the local animal population, as it eliminates the potential for
any unplanned pregnancies, and reduces the number of new kittens and puppies ending up in
animal shelters.

How it works

When we surgically de-sex your pet this involves putting them under a general anaesthetic, and then performing an operation to remove part of their reproductive system. Spaying involves removing the ovaries and uterus. Neutering is where we remove both testicles.

When to de-sex your pet
This will vary depending on their size and breed, however the typical recommended age is six months for both cats and dogs alike.
When you bring in your pet to see us, we will assess their particular situation and provide our recommendation based on their needs.

Separating fact from fiction

There are a lot of myths floating around about de-sexing, some true, some false. We want to bust them for you.

De-sexing is expensive
De-sexing is a once-off procedure, and is usually cheaper for younger or smaller animals. As a once-off procedure, it’s a lot more cost-effective than looking after a new litter of surprise pups, or taking your cat in for surgery for the third time after they’ve gotten into a fight with a rival male.

There are no health benefits to de-sexing my pet
This is plainly false. De-sexing your pet reduces the risk of disease, and completely eliminates some cancers of the reproductive organs.

Indoor pets don’t need to be de-sexed
If you have an indoor pet, de-sexing them may not seem necessary as they have limited contact with other animals. However, de-sexing your indoor pet has a number of important benefits. It reduces the unpleasant crying sounds female cats make in heat, and cuts down on the unpleasant spraying male cats often do.

For indoor dogs, de-sexing reduces their urge to escape and fine a mate, and eliminates potential negative behaviours and bleeding in female dogs.

De-sexing will make my pet fat
Not necessarily. De-sexing is typically done at an age where their initial rapid growth is already slowing down, so if your pet packs on a few pounds it’s not due to the de-sexing—it’s their growth.
Reducing their caloric intake and increasing their exercise regime is important for keeping your pet at a healthy weight.

De-sexing will change my pet’s personality
This is actually somewhat true, but the changes will be for the better. De-sexing typically makes your young male pets much calmer, and makes their overall personality much more pleasant. Male dogs will be less inclined to mount objects, or run off on adventures in search of females.
Females will be less likely to pick fights with other dogs when they’re in heat, and stops them urinating around your home to let males know she’s available.

Females should have a litter before they’re de-sexed
This is untrue. For dogs, having them spayed before their first heat helps to reduce the risk of mammary cancer.

Book your appointment

De-sexing your pet is an important procedure that will give them a long, happy life as part of your family.
So if you pet needs to be de-sexed, get in contact with us today to book an appointment.

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