National Desexing awareness month is next month (July), we thought it relevant to provide you with up to date information regarding the desexing of your pet.
Desexing is recommended if you are not going to breed with your pet for a few very important reasons.
- To eliminate some infections that can occur. E.g. pyometra (infection of the uterus) in females.
- Reduced likelihood of getting some cancers. E.g. mammary tumours in females and prostatic in males.
- No unwanted litters- this is especially important due to the large number of un-homed pets that present each year through the pound and rescue groups.
- To stop/reduce some behaviours eg marking and aggression.
If you do want to breed then it is important you speak to your vet about the correct age to do this and how to care for a pregnant pet as well as the babies.
The procedure of desexing requires an anaesthetic. There are many ways that we can make this as safe as possible. First with a full examination prior to the anaesthetic, ensuring your pet is fit and healthy. This includes blood tests to ensure all the organs are functioning properly. Problems can be picked up before they show signs with a simple blood test before an anaesthetic.
The anaesthetic agents used are generally short acting, allowing quick recovery from the procedure. During the anaesthetic your pets oxygen levels, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature are closely monitored. Your pet should be on fluids to allow adequate perfusion of the organs and stop the blood pressure dropping. This again allows for a quicker and smoother recovery.
Pets that are desexed through Petfocus Vetcare also receive pain relief before the procedure, regularly during the procedure and again once they are awake. This allows for a more gentle, pain free experience.