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Vet Associates Hastings

814 Francis Hicks Ave

Raureka, Hastings


Ph:   (06) 878 8666

Fax:   (06) 870 9109



Business Hours

Mon - Fri : 8am to 5.30pm

Sat : 9am to 12pm

Sun : 10am to 12pm

Desexing Your Pets PDF Print E-mail




'Why do I need to be fixed? Am I broken?'







Why should you de-sex your animals?

De-sexing your pet is one of the best things you can do for their long term health. If your pet is left entire, then they are highly likely to develop reproductive issues, or unwanted behaviours.

This is what your pet may be at risk of:

  • Uterine infections
  • Mammary tumours (breast cancer)
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Testicular and prostate cancer

This is what you will also be preventing:

  • Unwanted litters and subsequent overpopulation (every year thousands of animals have to be put down because there aren't enough homes for all of the animals. Even if homes are found for the litter, others will be missing out and will be euthanized).
  • Your pet wont come into 'heat' - the time when they are trying to be mated. They may mark with urine, cry, roam and bleed from their vulva. It is a trying time, and can be very frustrating for owners of both sexes.
  • Male dogs are less likely to roam, less likely to be territorial, aggressive or mark with urine.

As well as helping prevent all of these issues, you will be saving yourself money as well. The cost of dealing with the above problems if they arose can be very expensive, (e.g. over $1000 to fix a pyometra) compared with the one-off cost of de-sexing.


When can you get your animals de-sexed?

We advise you to de-sex your pet at 5-6 months of age, but this can change depending on the animal. After this age females can come on heat, so it is best to try get them in early. Young males need to have both testicles palpable, so if they are undescended then we may leave the surgery until they have come down. Owners of young bitches with 'infantile vulvas' will be given the choice of having her speyed with a higher risk of incontinence when they are older, or waiting for one heat to mature her.

We perform surgery on weekdays, but not on weekends. You must make a booking to have your pet de-sexed. We advise you to ring at least 3 days prior, as we do get fully booked after this time.


What happens after they are booked in?

'Speying' is the operation for female pets, where the uterus and ovaries are removed. 'Castration' or 'neutering' is the removal of the testicles in male animals. Your pet will spend the day at the vet clinic, coming in to be admitted between 8am and 8:30am. The operation is done during the morning, and they will spend the morning and afternoon sleeping off the anaesthetic. We give them more pain relief, and then they will usually go home after 3pm. Sometimes the pick up time is later, if they are still groggy. We will advise you if they need to stay overnight, but this isn't common.

We will give dogs a general anaesthetic, and cats are sedated for the procedure. We take the utmost care with our anaesthetics and will do whatever we can to make it as safe as possible. If you want an older pet de-sexed (over 7-8 years old) then we will want to do a blood test before surgery. This is optional, but a very good idea as we can then see if they have underlying kidney or liver issues that may affect their anaesthetic, and whether we need to take any other precautionary measures.

Please call us if you want to book in your pet for de-sexing - (06) 878 8666



Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:30