Desexing surgery is performed to prevent a number of issues, including medical conditions affecting the reproductive tract (tumours and infections) and unwanted pregnancies. Our vets routinely perform this surgery in dogs, cats, rabbits and other species.
In males, this surgery is called a castration. A small incision is made and both testicles are removed. Castration of male animals is commonly performed to prevent unwanted behaviours such as urinating on objects, aggression and wandering. It also prevents prostate issues in older dogs.
In Females, this surgery is called a spey. The vet opens the abdominal cavity and removes the ovaries and the uterus entirely. This is a larger surgery than a castration but is still performed very commonly and has a very low complication rate.