Desexing Your Pet at WellPet Vets

WellPet Vets offer desexing services to most small domestic animals. These include; Cats, Dogs, Rabbits, Ferrets, Rats and Guinea Pigs.

Below illustrates the steps involved in desexing a male dog. Steps for desexing all species are similar to that illustrated below. We recommend if you have any questions or would like to discuss your pets desexing procedure further, to contact our friendly team on 1300 WELLPET

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Hover over the images below for detailed desexing step descriptions

Why should I desex my pet?

Desexing your pet prior to them reaching puberty (this is approximately 4-6months of age) greatly reduces the incidence of; unwanted pregnancies, hormone related unfavourable behaviour traits, (e.g. urine marking), serious health issues such as testicular or mammary cancers later on in life.


Once you have competed the admission process your pet will be admitted into our hospital ward. They will undergo a thorough exam by a WellPet Veterinarian and any pre-anaesthetic testing will be performed if you have selected this option. Once the pre-anaesthetic testing has been completed and assessed, your pet will then be given a pre-medication. This is an injection that includes pain relief and a sedative to calm them for the procedure.


Your pet will then have an IV catheter placed in their front forelimb. Your pet will also commence IV fluid therapy as well if you have selected this option. Your pet will then receive an injectable form of initial Anaesthetic given via the IV Catheter.


Your pet once asleep will be intubated (a breathing tube placed) and connected to an anaesthetic machine. Monitoring equipment will also be connected to your pet to allow the nurse to monitor heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen and CO2 levels as well as anaesthetic depth throughout the procedure.


The Veterinarian will then prepare for surgery. This involves scrubbing their hands with special antiseptic soap and then placing both sterile (gloves) and non sterile (face mask) barrier clothing on prior to commencement of the sterile procedure.


Whilst step 4 is taking place a nurse will shave your pets hair at the surgical site and the skin will be prepared with antiseptic soap carefully, ready for surgery.


Your pet whilst remaining anesthetised will be carefully moved into the theatre room where the sterile procedure will take place. The Veterinarian will use a sterile instrument kit that has been autoclaved and will place a sterile drape over your pet. This will leave only the surgical site exposed for the procedure.


The surgical site is now ready to begin and the initial incision is made with a scalpel.


The surgery is performed. For males this means the vet will surgically remove the testicles and for females this means the vet will surgically remove the uterus and ovaries. During the procedure the nurse will continue to monitor your pets anaesthetic depth and body responses. With the latest in monitoring equipment available we are able to detect any variations and potential complications early, enabling a quick response.


Once the surgery has been completed your pet will remain in theatre for the first stage of their recovery. This allows for the decline in anaesthetic medications.


Your pet will then move to the recovery ward and care is taken to monitor their temperature and vital signs. Upon waking, their breathing tube will be removed. The nurse will place a Darvell Coccoon heating devise around your pet to aid in this process.


The nurse will call you when your pet is lifting their head and woken from the anaesthetic to let you know how they went. They will also give you an idea of when you can come in to collect your pet and a discharge appointment with the surgery vet will be made for you at an appropriate time.