THE FACTS ABOUT DESEXING YOUR PET
Why should I desex my pet?
WellPet Vets offer desexing services to most small domestic animals. These include; Cats, Dogs, Rabbits, Ferrets, Rats and Guinea Pigs.
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.
How long does the procedure take?
Generally Desexing is considered a “Day Procedure” and so your pet will be in hospital for the day. We perform all routine procedures from Monday to Friday.
Your pet will need to be fasted for the procedure. This means for most pets (Note, pockets pets will be different and you should speak to your vet or vet nurse about their requirements) food should be withheld from 9pm the evening prior to their surgery, until their admission, however the water bowl can remain available.
Your pet will have a 15min admission appointment booked for the morning of the procedure. At this appointment you will meet the surgery nurse on duty that day and they will take you through the procedure your pet will be having and discuss any concerns you might have. They will also ask you to sign a consent form and a receptionist will organise your deposit before you leave your pet with us. You will then receive an update via phone from your pet’s surgical nurse after your pets surgery and when your pet is in recovery. They will at this time, book a discharge appointment for your pet that afternoon.
Is desexing my pet safe?
At WellPet Vets we take the safety of anaesthesia and your pet very seriously. However, with every anaesthetic there is a mild risk. We compensate for this by using the latest and safest anaesthetic protocols and drugs. We also have a qualified Veterinary Nurse monitoring your pet’s anaesthetic and vital functions throughout the procedure.
We can lower the risk of anaesthetics further by doing two things:
1. The first is pre-anaesthetic blood work. This is a series of blood tests done in the hospital to screen your pet for any abnormalities prior to giving your pet any medications.
2. The second thing we can do is use IV fluids prior/during and after the procedure. This keeps your pets internal organs supported by helping maintain an adequate blood pressure and flushing out the anaesthetic drugs in their system. This helps them recover faster.
Unfortunately, although we feel and recommend that pre-anaesthetic blood work and IV fluids are very important for EVERY procedure, they are not currently industry standard and therefore incur and additional fee. Please speak to your surgical nurse upon admission to elect for pre-anaesthetic testing and IV fluids to be performed for your pet.
If you would like more information on desexing your pet or to make an appointment please contact our friendly team on 1300 WELLPET.
This article is this weeks Vet Report in Nepean News: https://issuu.com/nepeannews/docs/nepeannews_6october2016/4