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DESEXING OF PETS

“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”

Unless you are seriously considering yourself being a breeder of repute, we do not recommend you go down this path. Should you elect to breed your pets, we sincerely recommend that you schedule an appointment with us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET PET), so that we can guide you every step of the way, to achieving a successful outcome. If you are not planning to use your pet for breeding purposes we do recommend that you seriously consider desexing.

Desexing in a female cat or dog involves the complete removal of both ovaries and the uterus. It is crucial that the ovaries are removed intact as the ovaries are responsible for:-

  • the heat cycles
  • pyometra
  • mammary tumor development
  • mastitis
  • pseudo-pregnancy
  • ovarian tumors
  • ovarian cysts
  • uterine torsion
  • uterine prolapse
  • unwanted pregnancies
  • behavior problems, etc

Desexing in the male cat or dog involves the complete removal of both the testicles. It is crucial that both the testicles be removed as it is the testicles that are responsible for:-

  • behavior problems
  • testicular tumor development
  • testicular torsion
  • prostatic tumor development
  • prostatic enlargement
  • abscessation of the prostate
  • paraprostatic cysts
  • perineal hernia
  • hormone related tumors around the anal region
  • roaming
  • fighting
  • urine marking, etc

In the interest and well being of your pet we do offer a discounted surgery for routine uncomplicated desexings. We are very competent in early age desexing. We have literally carried out thousands of desexings as early as 8 weeks of age. All research to date has shown no negative consequences to early age neutering.

DESEXING FEMALE DOGS & CATS

Spaying is an “ovariohysterectomy,” which means that both the ovaries and the uterus are removed.

Desexing while in heat is slightly more difficult due to the engorgement of the tissues and larger blood vessels. Spaying in heat does not carry a significant risk to the pet but, since extra surgery time is frequently required, an extra charge is incurred.

Spaying can be performed at any time during the course of pregnancy. Often, the owner may be unaware that the pet is pregnant. If there is any question, please make it clear to us what your wishes are should your pet be found pregnant. The incision can be closed and the pregnancy can proceed or the spay can proceed and the developing fetuses will be removed along with the rest of the uterus. Due to the extra work and surgery time, there will be an additional charge incurred for spaying a pregnant animal. We will not knowingly spay a pregnant animal.

The mammary (breast) development that comes with nursing can make the spay surgery more difficult. Ideally, a month after weaning allows for regression of this tissue and spaying can proceed. Unfortunately, it is possible for a female cat to become pregnant during this waiting period if her owner is not careful.

DESEXING MALE DOGS:-

There are several health benefits to neutering, which have already been referred to above.

The only behavior changes that are observed after neutering relate to behaviors influenced by male hormones.

  • Playfulness, friendliness, and socialization with humans are not changed.
  • The behaviors that change are far less desirable.
    • The interest in roaming is eliminated in 90% of neutered dogs.
    • Aggressive behavior against other male dogs is eliminated in 60% of neutered dogs.
    • Urine marking is eliminated in 50% of neutered male dogs.
    • Inappropriate mounting is eliminated in 70% of neutered dogs.

We perform neutering at any age over age 8 weeks provided both testicles have descended.

Activity level and appetite do not change with neutering. A male dog should not gain weight or become less interested in activity post neuter.

Some dogs may have undescended testicles which have an increased tendency to grow tumors. They may also twist on their stalks and cause life-threatening inflammation. For these reasons, neutering is recommended for dogs with undescended testicles. This procedure is more complicated than a routine neuter; the missing testicle can be under the skin along the path it should have descended to the scrotum or it may be inside the abdomen. The retained testicle is sterile and under-developed. If there is one descended testicle, this one will be fertile but since retaining a testicle is a hereditary trait, it is important that the male dog not be bred.

DESEXING MALE CATS:-

Neutering a male cat facilitates your male cat to grow into a loving well adapted household member. A cat neutered prior to puberty does not develop secondary sex characteristics. Desexing a male cat reduces the incidence of objectionable behaviors that are normal in the feline world but unacceptable in the human world, such as:-

  • Roaming - more than 90% will reduce this behavior with neutering. Approximately 60% reduce this behavior right away
  • Fighting - more than 90% will reduce this behavior with neutering. Approximately. 60% reduce this behavior right away
  • Urine marking - more than 90% will reduce this behavior with neutering. Approximately 80% reduce this behavior right away

For any further information we do recommend that you schedule an appointment with us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET PET), so that we can guide you every step of the way, to achieving a successful outcome.
It may interest you to know that:-

  • We are a full service hospital.
  • We have constant tableside anesthetic monitoring by a dedicated nurse throughout the procedure.
  • Our monitoring also includes ECG, Oxygen saturation in the blood, blood pressure monitoring, respiratory monitoring etc.
  • All pets are on full fluid support, which is adjusted for various of levels of consciousness of the patient.
  • All of our monitoring equipment has been acquired from human hospitals.
  • We tend to use the safest anesthetics (which not surprisingly, tends to be more expensive). We want to know that we have taken every precaution in ensuring that your pet is returned to you in a healthy manner.
  • We use less reactive suture materials which are used in human patients (which also tends to be more expensive).
  • Most importantly each patient receives individual attention.
  • We always aim for a cosmetic finish where possible.

We generally discharge pets on the same day as surgery. Some pets may experience some soreness if not confined to a small area. All pets undergoing any form of surgical procedure are sent home with pain relief. Food and water are generally withheld until the next day or late that night. We strongly advise keeping your pet quiet and in a confined space following surgery. We do not discharge any pets while still groggy from anesthesia as they are a danger to themselves and to people.

It is not unusual to notice swelling at the incision site. Our surgical technique has minimized this occurrence. While this kind of swelling resolves spontaneously, we do recommend that you revisit us should you notice any such swelling or if you are concerned for any reason regarding the surgery.

Any fluid drainage from the surgical site is abnormal. You should present your pet for an assessment immediately.
What’s the difference between desexings carried out at PetCareVet and a low cost spay elsewhere?

  • We do not cut corners, to save on costs, for the purpose of income generation. Our goal is to achieve the platinum standard in service provision.
  • When you present your pet to us we do consider this to be part of your family, and that you would expect a very high level of care.
  • We do not use cheap materials for suture or substandard anesthesthetics.
  • Each of our patients receives individual attention, we do not believe in the “assembly line” approach. We do not perform a high volume of surgeries each day, as this limits the individual attention that we can afford each patient.
  • While cost can be an important factor, it is a good idea to know what you are paying for.
  • It is always a good idea to have a tour of the facility where your pet will be admitted for surgery.

In the event that your pet is showing signs of discomfort or is not its usual self we do recommended that your present your pet to us at the earliest, to prevent the problem progressing and causing other complications. Early recognition and treatment means that your pet will recover sooner, and will therefore be far more comfortable. It is not only significantly more difficult to treat a pet in an advanced stage of the disease, as well as far more expensive, but one also has to take into account the significant pain and stress your pet is under by not being treated at the earliest.

We sincerely recommend that you please call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET) to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.

You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.

Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-

  1. We do pride ourselves in the quality of our services.
  2. We do provide a 24 hour on call service.
  3. We also offer payment plans through a third party, provided you meet the criteria as set out by the financing institute.
  4. If you cannot bring your pet to us, we will come to you as we do have a fully equipped pet ambulance.
  5. We also do house calls.
  6. Your pet will receive a very high level of care given the level of diagnostic and monitoring equipment that we have on hand.
  7. We do welcome you to take a personal tour of our facility.
  8. We also provide pet grooming services
  9. We also provide puppy classes. Puppies are trained not only indoors, but also outdoors, bring exposed to outdoor noises and traffic in a controlled environment. The puppy training classes are run by Ms Julie Pocknee.
  10. We do care for our wildlife, and work very closely with wildlife carers providing veterinary care where needed.
  11. We take an active part in community services and proudly support Service Dog Training, by way of providing veterinary services to working dogs of individuals with disabilities. Please see www.servicedogtraining.com.au

If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au

Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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