Desexing is an important part of responsible pet care. Not only does it reduce the incentive for straying pets, it helps to limit bad behaviours such as scent marking / spraying, aggression and hyperactivity. It also helps to prevent certain forms of cancer later in life.
It is a quick, minimally painful procedure carried out to high standards of surgical practice, in our clinic’s surgical theatre. Your pet will be treated with the best care with comfortable, heated, padded cages, heated surgical tables, strong pain prevention medication and your pet’s very own trained anaesthesia assistant, to monitor your pet’s vitals from start to finish. Our aim is to make your pet’s procedure as safe and as pain-free as possible.
We highly recommend having your pet desexed at around 6 months of age for cats and small breed dogs, or around 8-10 months of age for large breed dogs.
Included in a desexing package at Parkinson Vet is
- a physical examination
- hospital quality anaesthesia
- opiate pain relief before anaesthesia to prevent pain
- long acting pain relief
- antibiotic injection
- individualised anaesthesia monitoring from induction to recovery by a highly trained nurse
- take home painkillers to ensure your pet remains pain-free
- recheck appointment to ensure smooth healing of sutures and suture removal if necessary.
- Also included, free of charge, is a nail clip if required. We also provide cuddles at no extra cost!
Your pet will require general anaesthesia for their procedure. You may be aware of the risks associated with anaesthetics and although the associated risks are minimal, we recommend the following options to ensure the procedure is as safe as possible.
- Pre-anaesthetic blood test
- Your pet will receive a physical examination at admission; however, some abnormalities can only be detected by doing a blood test. This blood test will primarily assess the function of the kidneys and liver. If abnormalities are detected, our veterinarian can alter the general anaesthetic procedure accordingly, or in some cases, delay surgery until adequate health is regained, or the until condition is fully investigated.
- Intravenous fluids with surgery
- As your pet will be placed under anaesthesia this will:
- Lower your pet’s blood pressure, which may have long term effects on the kidneys and other organs. By placing your pet on intravenous fluids, this assists in maintaining the circulation and blood pressure while your pet is under anaesthesia.
- Allow your pet to have a much quicker recovery, and
- Most importantly, if an emergency arose during the procedure, the veterinarian can immediately administer the appropriate drugs via the intravenous line.