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While farm owners used to just think of their animals as a way to make money, I have noticed more and more farmers taking a holistic view of their animals health. Farmers are working on less stressful and more healthy farming techniques, and as a vet I approve. I am involved in helping prevent animal diseases as well as curing the animals when they get ill. I deal with a range of animals from the farm cat to horses and it's great being a valued member of the community. I hope you enjoy hearing the stories from my vet practise and can learn from them.

Pet Desexing: Every Detail You Need to Know About It

If you own a pet, you should learn some information about pet desexing. Pet desexing is a method of preventing your animal friend from having unplanned litters. It is especially important if you have a pet that likes to roam out of your home. While some people fancy a house full of dogs or cats, most prefer to have a manageable number. Pet desexing enables you to keep a comfortable number of pets. Read more about this medical procedure. 

What Exactly Is Desexing?

Pet desexing is the process by which a vet permanently removes your pet's reproductive system. In females, the process is called spaying, where the ovaries and uterus are extracted. In males, desexing is referred to as neutering or castration. 

What Is The Ideal Age for Desexing?

If you have been thinking of taking your pet to the vet for this procedure, you should know the right age to have it done. Generally, it will depend on the breed you have, but in most cases, you should have your young dog or cat sterilised as soon as they get to six months of age. 

However, they can still undergo the procedure even if they are beyond this age. All in all, your pet's vet will still put into consideration other special factors before beginning the desexing process.

What Are The Medical Benefits Involved?

Castration and spaying are not just about disabling your pet from bearing unplanned puppies or kittens. Other medical benefits come with desexing. In a female pet, desexing protects them from mammary, ovary, cervix, and uterus tumours. Your pet will also be free from pyometra, which is a medical condition mostly affecting the uterus. In males, the procedure shields the pet from prostatic ailments, perianal tumours, and testicular cancer. 

What Does the Procedure Involves?

Usually, the vet conducts several tests on the pet before the surgery. They will extract blood samples and take them to the lab for testing. They will also check whether the kidneys, liver and red blood cells are normal. If all is fine, your pet will then be sedated to help them relax prior to the anesthesia being administered. 

The vet monitors the pet's body systems keenly during and after the procedure. The animal might be discharged from the clinic on the same day or the following day, depending on their condition. The vet might recommend an Elizabethan collar to keep the animal from licking the incision area.

These are some of the important pieces of information you should know about pet desexing. Find a veterinarian with a wealth of experience in the procedure for the best outcome.