The benefits of desexing
Many pets are bred by accident due to owners failing to desex their pets prior to them reaching sexual maturity. As a result, Australia has a huge overpopulation problem. At The Vet Lounge, we not only recommend desexing your pet to avoid unwanted pregnancies and to control overpopulation, we also recommend desexing to reduce the risk of behavioural and health problems later on in your pet’s life.
Female pets who are desexed are far less likely to develop ovarian, uterine and mammary cancers as well as Pyometra, a life threatening infection of the uterus. Desexing your male pet reduces their desire to roam and fight, eliminates the risk of testicular cancers and also reduces the risk of prostatic disease and perianal tumours.
We recommend that your pet be desexed between 5-6 months of age.
The desexing procedure
While a desexing procedure is often labelled as a ‘routine procedure’, it should not be taken lightly. It is a major surgery which requires a very high level of surgical skill and a great deal of care.
When choosing a vet to perform a desexing procedure on your pet, please ensure they offer the standard of care you would like your pet to receive. There are massive differences in care levels between vets! At The Vet Lounge, we don’t cut corners and offer an excellent standard of care to ALL surgical patients regardless of how ‘routine’ the surgery might be. Your pet’s safety while under anaesthetic is our number one priority!
Quality care for your pet
Fully equipped surgical suites
Our practices have dedicated surgical suites to ensure your pet’s procedure is carried out in a sterile environment. This room is only used for surgery and is closed off at all other times to ensure it remains completely sterile.
Pre Anaesthetic Blood Testing
Your pet’s health and safety is our top priority which is why we recommend pre anaesthetic blood testing to check for any underlying disease and to ensure a safe procedure for your pet.
As standard care we also administer intravenous (IV) fluids for all surgical procedures (with the exception of cat castrations as this procedure is so short). IV fluids help to keep your pet’s blood pressure normal and protects their organs while under anaesthetic. They will also help the kidneys flush out the anaesthetics so they get ‘back to normal’ quickly.
We use a combination of anaesthetic agents to ensure the procedure is as safe as possible for your pet. The drugs we use are advanced and modern and have little side effects. They are also metabolised quickly so your pet wakes up smoothly.
After arriving, your pet will get a check over from a vet, then receive an injection of pain relief and sedation ensuring they remain nice and calm. After the procedure, your pet will receive another pain relief injection when they are waking up, and will go home with an additional 3 days of pain relief tablets.
Anaesthetic monitoring equipment ensures the safest possible procedure for your pet, but sadly not all vets use this. Our equipment monitors every breath your pet takes and every time their heart beats. It also reads the percent of oxygen that is in your pet’s blood. On top of this, our qualified anaesthetic nurses also record your pet’s vitals at least every 5 minutes, ensuring your pet’s anaesthetic is going smoothly.
Recovery and Follow Up
Your pet will wake up nice and relaxed on a soft fluffy blanket with a hot water bottle to keep them warm. When they are awake enough, a nurse will take them out for a walk and a toilet break.
Our nurses will contact you 24-48 hours after the procedure to ensure your pet is recovering well at home and to answer any further questions you may have. We will see you and your pet again 10 days after the procedure to check that the wound is healing well and give the OK for a bath.