Cue the distraction toy – it’s time to talk desexing

Jan 1, 2021Pet Care

Is your sweet and innocent new fur baby around? You might want to face them away from the screen – we are about to discuss a bit of a sensitive topic for them, but we do have some good news too!

Coast clear? OK, let’s talk de-sexing.

When you bring home a new fur family member, it won’t be too long before they will need a Vet visit for that quite common but sometimes not so little procedure. Kittens can become pregnant at around 4 months of age, and for dogs it is around 6 months. De-sexing your domestic pet is considered the socially responsible norm these days and there are some particularly good reasons, including proven health benefits for doing so.

As well as preventing unwanted litters, de-sexed animals are less likely to suffer from disease and certain illnesses including cancers and infections of their reproductive organs. The research shows that de-sexed animals live longer, which means even more time for cuddles and fun! Perhaps this is because desexing also tends to reduce behavioural issues such as roaming and aggression, which results in less injuries from fights or car accidents.

Though a rite of passage, traditional de-sexing procedures are renowned for being quite major, especially for a female pet, often resulting in a quite sore, often shocked little pair of groggy eyes looking at you, wondering what on earth you have just done to them. But luckily for you and your tentative little buddy, times have changed and at VetMed, we are proud to offer the latest in laparoscopic de-sexing procedures. Our qualified VetMed teams use laparoscopic surgery to perform safe, effective ‘keyhole spays’ in female animals, as well as male pets with undescended testicles.

Your pet will thank you for choosing laparoscopic de-sexing. Our VetMed team love to perform these procedures laparoscopically as it allows them to assess the operation site more closely and accurately, make far fewer incisions, greatly reducing the risk of complications. More importantly though, your pet will also be a fan as there is far less pain after surgery, and a much speedier recovery time. You will still get the opportunity to shower your convalescing baby in lots of cuddles and TLC post-op, but you should see the energy and fun back in your little fur newbie as soon as the next day as if the procedure never happened.

So, when the time is right, now you know how to provide the best de-sexing option for your new family member. Speaking of which, it is safe to bring them back to the screen now – must be time for a pat and a play!