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.

We perform all of our anaesthetics and surgeries at Hills Animal Hospital, 5 Salisbury Rd, Castle Hill. This purpose built hospital is one of the newest and best equipped operating theatres in the Hills District. With in-house laboratory and extensive anaesthetic monitoring equipment, access to this facility allows us to ensure that your pet receives gold standard treatment.

On the day of your pets’ surgery they are admitted in the familiar surroundings of our Hills Family Pet Vet consulting rooms. After a thorough physical examination they are transported by a veterinarian and a veterinary nurse in our safe and comfortable animal ambulance to Hills Animal Hospital. Your pets’ surgery is performed by your vet that you know and trust using the best technology available. Once they have recovered from their anaesthetic they return with the vet to Hills Family Pet Vet where they spend the afternoon being cuddled and cared for until you are able to pick them up.

Pain relief is administered to all of our surgical patients and is included in the cost of routine procedures such as desexing.

The most common age to desex your pet is between 4 and 6 months, however they are never too old to be desexed.

There are many benefits to desexing your pet before 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 can help prevent 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
  • Living a longer and healthier life
  • Reduction of council registration fees