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Desexing at Pittwater

Why choose Pittwater Animal Hospital to desex your pet?

At Pittwater we pride ourselves on performing these sometimes complex neutering surgeries to an exceptional standard. Our desexing protocols are regularly reviewed to make sure we can take your pet through it’s desexing procedure as safely and gently as possible.

  • Most dogs, cats and rabbits should be booked in for desexing at the age of 6 months old. Phone 99137979 to make an appointment. 
  • Dogs will usually be due for their Heartworm injections at the same time as desexing.
  • Pets arrive at the hospital between 8:15am and 9am on the day they are booked in for surgery. (Weekdays only). 

Pre anaesthetic instructions for dogs and cats.

Pre anaesthetic instructions for rabbits.

Pre anaesthetic blood tests in dogs and cats.

  • Our receptionist will review what procedures are needed on the day and give you an estimate of costs.
  • On arrival your pet has a physical examination, sedative and pain relief. This relaxes them in the cage so they have pleasant memories of their hospital day.
  • All cats and dogs are offered pre-anesthetic blood screening, which is very useful in monitoring for anaemia, diabetes, renal disease and liver changes, as well as looking for signs of underlying dehydration. The results are completed before the anesthetic and are kept with your pet’s laboratory record. Changes in blood parameters over time can be extremely useful when assessing your pet’s health as they age.
  • All dogs and cats have an intravenous catheter placed prior to surgery. This gives extremely safe access for any medication required during the procedure.
  • A modern and safe intravenous anaesthetic is administered  before your pet is intubated and connected to a modern gaseous anaesthetic machine, just like in a human Hospital.
  • The veterinarian and qualified veterinary nurse will then monitor the anaesthetic depth and place monitoring equipment reading oxygenation, heart-rate, blood pressure, ECG and body temperature.
  • Intravenous fluids are administered to all dogs and cats undergoing general anaesthetic at no extra charge.
  • The patient is aseptically prepared for surgery.
  • One of our veterinarians all with over ten years of surgical experience, will perform the desexing surgery. 
  • Additional pain relief is given at the end of the procedure and to take home as well at no extra charge.
  • Patients are monitored on recovery by a qualified veterinary nurse.
  • A message is sent to you when the procedure is complete.
  • Most patients can go home between 3pm and 7:30pm that night. 
  • An Elizabethan collar can be supplied if your pet is likely to lick its sutures. This Is usually not needed, because the pain relief and gentle care taken means that most pets will not lick their wounds. 
  • A follow up call or message a few days later gives us feedback on how your pet has recovered after its procedure.
  • The wound check or suture removal is scheduled when you pick up your pet. This appointment is for 7-10 days after the procedure and there is no charge. 
  • Your pet will be seen free of charge if you are concerned it is not recovering well in the week after surgery. This is  rare but some animals may have an irritated wound or need further pain relief and occasionally antibiotics.  
  • Discounts are given to dogs who have attended our puppy classes. 
  • For at-home care after any procedure at PAH look at our After Care page. 

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