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Desexing

Dogs, Pets, Services

Benefits of Desexing

There are important benefits associated with having your pet desexed.

Health Benefits
  • Reduction in risk of some malignant cancers, in organs such as the testes, ovaries, cervix, or uterus.
  • Prevention of infection of the uterus, or pyometra, which is where the uterus fills with pus, common in older entire female dogs.
  • Prevention of ‘false pregnancy syndrome’ in undesexed female dogs.
  • Reduction in risk of some serious diseases, such as prostatic disease and perineal hernia, in male dogs that haven’t been castrated.
Social Benefits
  • Reduction in territorial behaviours such as urine marking.
  • Reduction in noisy calling behaviours.
  • Reduction in anti-social behaviour.
  • Reduction in wandering, which can lead to your pet being lost, harming native wildlife or having an accident with a car.
Financial Benefits
  • Prevention of costs associated with assistance at birthing .
  • Avoidance of costs associated with the serious medical diseases listed above.
  • Desexing your pet also entitles you to a discount on your council pet registration fees, for the life of your animal.
Meeting Your Pet's Needs
  • Prevention of costs associated with assistance at birthing .
  • Avoidance of costs associated with the serious medical diseases listed above.
  • Desexing your pet also entitles you to a discount on your council pet registration fees, for the life of your animal.

The Desexing Procedure

Pre-anaesthetic examination

Your veterinarian or veterinary nurse will examine your pet, checking their vital signs, to ensure they are well for their anaesthetic.

Anaesthetic

A general anaesthetic is important for surgical procedures to be completed safely on animals and to eliminate any perception of pain.

Surgical procedure

In the case of male animals both testicles are removed via a skin incision. In female animals an incision is made through the skin and muscle of the abdomen. The reproductive organs are removed through this incision, which is then stitched closed.

PRE-MEDICATION

Your veterinarian will administer medication which provides pain relief for your pet’s surgery and reduces anxiety associated with being in hospital.

Surgical preparation

Prior to surgery the hair is clipped off at the surgical site and the skin is cleaned until sterile.

Tattoo

A permanent identification mark in your pet’s ear identifying that your pet has been desexed.

Additional procedures

It can be convenient while your pet is anaesthetised to complete other procedures on your pet which may be required. These may include:

  • Repair of umbilical hernias
  • Removal of ‘baby’ or deciduous teeth
  • Microchipping

Recovery

Your pet will continue to be monitored throughout the recovery process.

HOME CARE

Generally pets make a speedy recovery after routine surgery. At discharge of your pet, the veterinarian or veterinary nurse will provide instructions on caring for your pet after the surgery.

Desexing – Common Misconceptions

Get the facts!
  • It’s better to have my pet the way nature intended.
  • Sexual hormones create behaviours in our pets that may be socially unacceptable, such as mating, urine marking and roaming. These are natural behaviours of entire animals and desexing may suppress their desire for these behaviours .
  • My pet will gain weight after desexing.
  • Animals that are not desexed may have slightly higher nutritional requirements than animals that are desexed. Managing their weight by feeding an appropriate amount for your pet, combined with appropriate exercise, will stop you pet from becoming overweight, and additionally may save you money in food expenses.
  • It doesn’t matter when I get my pet desexed.
  • Many of the benefits to desexing are maximised when performed at certain ages. Your veterinarian will factor in general desexing advice, breed-related considerations, and your pet’s individual circumstances to provide the best advice for you.
  • Desexing will be too painful for my pet.
  • Animals experience minimal discomfort undergoing a desexing procedure. This is because medication to control pain and anaesthetic medications are used throughout the surgery, and additional pain relief is provided afterwards.

Anaesthetics

Anaesthetics allow veterinarians to perform surgical procedures safely and with minimal discomfort. Your vet develops an anaesthetic plan tailored to your pet’s needs, based on its age and physical condition. In this way your vet makes desexing as gentle, safe and comfortable as possible for your pet.

NSAIDs

Your veterinarian may prescribe a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug, or NSAID, at desexing to help minimise discomfort from the procedure. NSAIDs are medications that help to reduce inflammation and swelling, and minimise pain by inhibiting two different areas involved in pain perception. Please use as directed by your veterinarian and contact the clinic if you have any concerns.

The importance of desexing your pets.

Desexing is the only effective permanent method for preventing pregnancy in animals and provides important health benefits as well.

Desexing surgery involves the removal of the testicles of males, known as castration or ‘neutering’, or the ovaries and uterus of females, known as ovariohysterectomy or ‘spaying’.

Your pet will be desexed under general anaesthesia. As most animals undergoing desexing are young and healthy, complications are rare. In addition, the anaesthetic will be closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure the safety of your pet.

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FREE desexing or dental 
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*terms and conditions apply

If your pet is entire and you would like them desexed contact one of our Fur Life Vet Clinics to book your pet in or discuss the procedure further.

How to enter

Simply share a photo on your Facebook page of your dog rugged up for winter or enjoying the winter sunshine and use the hashtag relevant to your state.

What you can win

There will be three prizes in total – one for QLD entrants and two prizes for entrants from VIC, NSW and TAS combined prize. Each prize includes a winter pet pack to the value of $100.

Click on your state to reveal the hashtag you need to use to enter!

QLD Residents

Share a photo of your dog enjoying the winter sunshine or snoozing in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetQLD

VIC Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetVIC

NSW Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetNSW

TAS Residents

Share a photo of your dog rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes and tag #furlifevetTAS

Terms & Conditions

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these conditions. Entries must comply with these conditions to be valid.

Entry is open to Australian residents that meet the competition requirements outlined below during the Competition period 1 June 2022 – 31 August 2022. Employees and their immediate families of the Promoter and its agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter.

To enter, each entrant must, during the Entry Period, upload a photo of their pet rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes to social media (on their personal profile) and use the hashtag corresponding to the state they are in (e.g. #furlifevetVIC, #furlifevetNSW, #furlifevetQLD, #furlifevetTAS).

Winner of the competition will be determined by:

  1. Appropriate photo uploaded (photo of their pet rugged up for winter or snoozing warm inside in their favourite winter clothes to social media (on their personal profile)
  2. Relevant hashtag used (state residing in: #furlifevetVIC, #furlifevetNSW, #furlifevetQLD, #furlifevetTAS)
  3. Number of likes (photo with highest number of likes at end of competition period with all other criteria completed will win)

The competition will close for entries Wednesday, 31 August 2022 at 12:00pm [AEST]. Failure to meet any of the competition requirements will deem entry invalid and will not be eligible to win.

There will be three prizes in total – one for QLD entrants and two prizes for entrants from VIC, NSW and TAS combined.

 

Competition requirements:

Entrants must be a current client of a participating Apiam/Fur Life Vet clinic.

Entries must be received by the Promoter during the Entry Period. Entries received after 12:00pm [AEST] 31 August 2022 not be accepted.

The competition commences at 00:01 [AEST] on 01/06/2022 and closes at 12:00 [AEDT] 31/08/2022.

Queensland prize includes a pet pack to the value of $100.00.

Victorian, New South Wales, and Tasmanian prize includes two separate pet packs to the value of $100.00.

All taxes (excluding GST) which may be payable as a consequence of receiving a prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

The Prize is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash.

The Promoter assumes no responsibility for any failure to receive an entry or for inaccurate information or for any loss, damage or injury as a result of technical or telecommunications problems, including security breaches. If such problems arise, then the Promoter may modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the competition.

If the prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond the Promoter’s control, the Promoter may substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

The winner will be notified by email on or by 10/09/2022.

Entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, images submitted, pets name, comment, and/or voice in the event that they are a winner in any media for an unlimited period of time without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this competition (including any outcome), as well as any other communications outside of this competition, and/or promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter. If you are not willing for these uses or disclosures to occur you cannot participate in the competition.

Further, entrants agree that the Promoter has an unrestricted, irrevocable, transferable, divisible right and licence to use and modify their entry for the purposes of the Promoter’s business including for promotional purposes without the payment of any further fee or compensation.

If requested by the Promoter, the entrant agrees to sign any further documentation required by the Promoter to give effect to this arrangement. To the extent permitted by law, entrants unconditionally and irrevocably consent to any act or omission that would otherwise infringe any moral rights in their entry. Entries remain the property of the Promoter. Details from entries will be collected and used for the purposes of conducting this competition (which may include disclosure to third parties for the purpose of processing and conducting the competition) and for promotional purposes surrounding this competition. By entering this competition entrants consent to the use of their information as described and agree that the Promoter may use this information, or disclose it to other organisations that may use it, in any media for future promotional purposes without any further reference or payment to the entrant.

By entering this competition, entrants consent for the Promoter to use entrant’s name, email address, phone number which entrants submitted to enter for the purposes of administering and operating the competition. Entry is conditional on the Promoter acquiring the aforementioned information. All personal information collected by the Promoter will be handled by the Promoter in accordance with the Promoter’s privacy policy (PRIVACY) Entrants have the right to access their personal information, request correction of any errors and/or obtain a copy of the Promoter’s privacy policy by contacting getvetchecked@furlifevet.com.au.

The Promoter is Apiam Animal Health Pty Limited (ACN: 604 961 024) at 27-33 Piper Lane East Bendigo, 3550, Victoria, Australia.

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