Desexing at Russell Vale Animal Clinic

In Australia, we often use the term desexing, which refers to removing either female reproductive organs (spey or ovariohysterectomy) or a male’s testicles (castration or orchiectomy or neuter).

Irrespective of which word we use, it essentially means that they will no longer be able to have or make babies.

With many of the new longevity and breed studies, it does raise the concern that whilst desexing is beneficial for the majority of pets, it is a permanent alteration of the pet which may increase the risk of other conditions, even if it does reduce the risk of others.

There is no rule that fits all animals, and we prefer to make individual recommendations rather than a blanket “one size fits all” rule.

In saying that, we still do prefer, for the majority of dogs to perform the procedure between 5.5 and 6 months of age; for cats – by 4 months of age; and for rabbits after six months of age.

We do not offer desexing of guinea pigs, mice or rats at Russell Vale Animal Clinic.

In our male dogs, we also have the option of Suprelorin, an implant which provides temporary sterilisation (either 6 months or 12 months duration) depending which strength is used.

Our friendly team will be able to give you more information on the appropriate time for desexing, as well as provide you with our “Desexing brochure” which lists our current rates for this common procedure.

Please note: As of 2023 – there is now a surcharge on all pets desexed at 8 months of age or older.

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