The importance of desexing

Every year at vet clinics, animal shelters and dog pounds around Australia, many unwanted dogs are being euthanised.

Why? Too often a bitch has accidentally got pregnant or an entire male dog has jumped into someone’s yard and mated with the bitch on heat and thus many unwanted litters are created.

Desexings are surgeries subsidised by veterinarians, to encourage responsible pet ownership.

Advantages of desexing:

  • Desexing prevents unwanted litters
  • It prevents medical problems associated with breeding infected uterus (pyometra)
  • Mastitis
  • Birthing problems, possibly needing a costly caesarian
  • In females it reduces the chance of breast and uterine cancer drastically
  • In males it prevents prostatic disease later in life
  • It stops male dogs wandering looking for on heat females and getting into fights, run over or shot
  • Early desexing reduces behavioural problems

There is no weight gain, unless you over feed your dog

This is a very significant surgical procedure that requires high levels of skill and should incorporate a high standard of care. Without a doubt, for many dogs that live a healthy and uneventful life, desexing will be their most significant surgical procedure.

We are confident that what we do here at Dr Jana’s Veterinary Centre really makes a difference for your pet and yourself. If you haven’t been on a clinic tour to see our facilities, then please let us know.

Whilst dogs and cats can be desexed as early as 6 weeks of age we desex most pets at around 6 months of age.

The following outlines what is involved with desexing at our veterinary centre:

Pre-surgical care

Fasting No food after 8 pm the previous night, leave a water bowl out, but remove it first thing in the morning.


Dogs can’t be bathed for 7 days while the surgery site heals, either bath beforehand or we can do that for you, please let us know.


Please allow about 10 minutes for this appointment. We will detail the day’s procedure, run through your pet’s medical history with you and ask you to answer a series of questions prior to admission. We will also give your dog a thorough physical examination.

Pain relief

Your dog will receive pain relief prior to desexing, this is included in the desexing fee.


All drugs are carefully calculated according to physical status and weight.

Surgical care

Anaesthesia is induced then maintained with gas by placing a tube into your dog’s windpipe. We prepare individually tailored anaesthetic regimes to cater for routine to higher risk patients (young animals, seniors, heart patients, pregnancies).


Respiratory monitors are placed on your pet to indicate a breath has been taken, oesophageal stethoscopes allow us to hear your pet’s heartbeat and pulse oximeters give a read out of heart rate, pulse strength and blood oxygen levels.


Your dog’s anaesthetic is graphed, we record heart and breathing rates, blood oxygen levels and all drugs given. This provides us with information for future use.


All surgical instruments are sterilized in our autoclave prior to use, surgical kits are not shared between animals and sterile single use syringes and needles are used.


Theatre Surgery is performed in a dedicated sterile operating theatre complete with a heating pad on the operating table to maintain your pet’s temperature throughout the operation.


Surgery involves the removal of both testicles in male dogs, and in female dogs both ovaries and the uterus are removed.

Post-surgical care

We recover all patients in the recovery area in specially warmed cages where we can monitor your pet closely until they are sitting up.


Discharge information sheets will accompany your pet and we will schedule a postoperative check up in three days.

Remember, we are your pet’s personal vet!

Please contact us for more information on having your dog or puppy desexed>