At the Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic we perform desexing procedures on a daily basis Monday through to Friday. Our most common desexing patients are dogs and cats but we are also able to offer a rabbit desexing service as well.

In most cases, we recommend desexing at 6mths of age. However, in female kittens we may recommend desexing from 5 months of age, particularly if owners are keen to let them outdoors. Male animals are castrated (removal of both testicles) whilst female animals are speyed (removal of both ovaries and the uterus).

Animals coming to the clinic for the desexing procedure will usually go home that same day, following their procedure being performed under modern balanced anaesthesia.

We pride ourselves on ensuring that our patients are as comfortable as possible both pre-operatively and post-operatively, with our nurses regularly checking and assessing our hospitalised patients throughout the day. All desexing patients are examined prior to their anaesthetic, pre-medicated, placed on an intravenous fluid drip during their anaesthetic and provided with anti-inflammatories and pain relief to ensure optimal comfort.

Intravenous fluids, analgesia, anti-inflammatory relief, post-operative examinations and suture removal are all included in our fixed desexing costs.

For more information on this topic please refer to Preparation for Surgery and Pet Care After Surgery.