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Desexing your cat or dog is a routine surgical procedure. Your animal will have their surgery in the morning, so they can go home in the late afternoon. Kittens must be at least 1kg to be desexed.

Whilst we generally recommend dogs aren't desexed until at least 6 months of age, in some breeds it can be recommended to delay desexing till an older age. Please phone the clinic to discuss with our vets what we recommend for your particular puppy.

What are the benefits of desexing my dog?

Desexing male dogs will prevent serious diseases such as prostatitis (infection of the prostate), prostate cancer and testicular tumours. Neutering dogs also significantly reduces unwanted behaviours such as roaming, marking, mounting and lessens aggressive behaviour.

Desexing female dogs has significant health benefits. Around 25% of all unspayed female dogs will develop mammary lumps in their lifetime. Half of these lumps will be malignant. Early spaying can drastically reduce the potential for your pet to develop these masses.

Another health benefit from spaying is that it will both prevent your dog getting pregnant, and from developing pyometra. Pyometra is a life threatening condition usually seen in middle aged to older dogs where the uterus becomes infected and fills with pus.

What are the benefits of desexing my cat?

Spaying and neutering your cats will have significant behavioral and health benefits. Neutering your male cat will prevent them from urine spraying (marking) and decrease roaming and fighting with other entire male cats.

Female cats will usually get pregnant anytime from 5 months onwards. Cats are pregnant for only 62 days and they can even get pregnant whilst rearing a litter of kittens! Thus it is important to get your female desexed early to prevent lots of unwanted kittens.

Entire cats, whether male or female, are at much higher risk of contracting Feline Aids. This is due to their tendencies to fight with stray cats who carry the disease.

How long will it take?

Desexing for both cats and dogs is a day surgery. Your pet will have to be dropped in first thing in the morning (and not fed any breakfast!). We will perform the surgery during the day then recover your pet from his or her anaesthetic so they are ready to go home by 3:30 in the afternoon.


The South Waikato Veterinary Services team is committed to providing top quality and extensive professional services to the Tokoroa, Putaruru, Whakamaru, Mangakino, Tirohanga and Atiamuri areas.

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