Desexing your pet was traditionally accepted as a standard and mandatory procedure. However, based on accumulated experience and published information, we now understand that the routine desexing of you pet may predispose them to many other significant problems such as growth abnormalities, cruciate ligament rupture, arthiritis, obesity, urinary incontinence and malignant tumours. There are many ways that we can control unwanted breeding and the real and apparent behavioural problems that are believed to be associated with undesexed pets without complete removal of their testicles and ovaries or predisposing them to future problems.
In males, we offer vasectomy and Suprelorin implants in addition to castration.
In females, we offer hysterectomy, hemiovariohysterectomy and drug contraception in addition to complete ovariohysterectomy (spey).
We are not against desexing but we believe that if you are considering this for your pet, you should be aware and discuss the benefits and risks with one of our veterinarians prior to committing to any procedure.
There is an increasing amount of information in mainstream, peer reviewed journals that highlights the problems with desexing and the undesirable outcomes dating back to the 1970s. This issue is not new but is frequently ignored and overlooked by many owners and veterinarians. Summary documents are included below and reference articles can be provided at the time of consultation with any of our veterinarains.