Desexing Your Pet

Desexing your pet is highly recommended! In our experience the benefits of desexing your pet are significant:


  • eliminates testicular cancer
  • curves some behavioral habits
  • reduces the urge to roam the neighborhood in search for females
  • prevents unwanted litters


  • eliminates uterine cancer and uterine infections
  • reduces the risk of mammary gland cancer
  • prevents unwanted litters and phantom pregnancies
  • prevents your female coming into season and eliminates the need to confine her in this period

Our services are unique as we take these following steps to ensure your pets procedure is as safe and comfortable as possible:

  • All patients undergoing an anesthetic at HVC have a full physical examination on arrival to ensure all vital signs are in the appropriate ranges.
  • All animals receiving a gas anesthetic are placed on intravenous fluid therapy during and post to their procedure.
  • We recommend a pre - anestheitc blood screen to be performed before the procedure to reflect the internal health of your pet.
  • All patients are on a special warming device throughout their procedure and recovery
  • An experienced nurse is dedicated to your pet to monitor and ensure your pets anesthetic and recovery process is a smooth as possible.
  • This same nurse will call you as soon as your pet is stable in recovery
  • A 24 hour pain relief injection is administered to promote a comfortable and speedy recovery
  • You will receive a certificate of sterilization for your records

These combined practices as well as our team of experienced staff and the most up to date technology and techniques allow us to deliver the safest possible care for your pet.

Things you need to know before surgery:

  • Surgical desexing is performed Monday to Friday and it is a day procedure. Please schedule an appointment with staff to book a day for you.
  • Your pet needs to be fasted after 8pm the night before of food only. So no breakfast in the morning.
  • Your pet can have water overnight but take it away in the morning when you arise.
  • Admission is between 8am and 10am and an appointment will be booked when you schedule the surgery day
  • Discharge is usually between 3pm and 4pm dependent on the day.

Things you need to know after surgery:

  • You will need to keep your recovering pet as warm, calm and quiet over the first 24-48 hours as possible
  • Your pet will have a shaved patch on their stomach area and possibly their leg and neck. This is for sterility of surgery and also when we are taking a sample of blood and placing a catheter for intravenous fluids.
  • Your pet may have external sutures that will need to be kept dry for 10 days after the procedure.
  • You will need to come to the clinic 10 days after the surgery to have these sutures removed.
  • You may offer your pet food and water overnight but be conscious that they may feel nauseous from the anesthetic. If nausea occurs hold food until the following morning.
  • If you notice that there is an abnormal of swelling or bleeding coming from the wound it is important that we check this as soon as it is noticed.

If you are unsure about anything please give our trained reception staff a call and they will answer any concerns that you may have.

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