Belmont Road Vet Clinic is fully equipped to perform both simple and advanced surgical procedures.
We understand that the decision to allow your beloved pet to undergo surgery is never an easy one, and we strive to ensure your pet’s procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. To help you and your pet prepare for surgery, we will discuss with you why a procedure may be necessary and what it entails. Our veterinarians and nurses will provide you with information on proper post-operative care and answer any questions you may have so you feel comfortable that you are making the best possible choice for your pet.
We regularly perform many types of surgeries, such as:
- Desexing (speys and castrations)
- Eye surgery (e.g. cherry eye, eyelid lid surgery)
- Bladder surgery (e.g bladder stone removal)
- Tumour removal (e.g. mast cell removal)
- Gastrointestinal surgery (e.g. foreign body removal from intestines)
- Wound reconstructions (e.g. after dog/cat fights)
- Amputations for severe injuries or bone cancer cases
- Advanced Dentistry (e.g. tooth extractions, height reductions)
- Orthopaedics (e.g. cruciate, patella surgery and fracture repair)
To ensure the health and safety of your pet, we utilise an anaesthetic and monitoring process based on the highest principles and ideals of veterinary medicine, with the highest quality anaesthetic administration and monitoring equipment.
Prior to surgery, your pet is examined by a veterinarian and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet’s age, breed, pre-existing conditions and previous anaesthetic history are used to form an individualised anaesthesia plan for your pet.
While under anaesthesia, your pet is cared for by one of our qualified and experienced veterinary nurses using our monitoring equipment, which tracks blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates, body temperature and oxygen level.
We are all aware of the importance of controlling pain, however pain can have significant effects on your pet’s body. Pain decreases activity, slows healing and causes behavioural changes (such as aggression, anxiety, and depression). It can therefore interfere with the bond between you and your pet.
We have access to the latest and most effective forms of pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions, including NSAIDS (non-steroidal medications), oral and injectable opioid analgesics, and pain-relieving adhesive patches for the complete comfort of your pet. Pain relief is used before surgery so that less anaesthetic agent can be used, making the procedure a lot safer.
Desexing is the surgical procedure that leaves a cat or dog unable to reproduce.
In males, castration involves a small incision in the front of the scrotum to remove the testicles. The testicles are responsible for the production of sperm and the male hormone testosterone.
In females, speying involves intra-abdominal surgery to remove the ovaries and uterus. The ovaries are responsible for the production of eggs and the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Removing the uterus prevents potential infection later in life.
It is best to have your pet desexed when they are between 4 and 6 months old, as their organs are smaller than at an older age, and therefore surgery is easier and shorter. Desexing at this younger age means your pet will be under anaesthetic for a shorter time, and wake up and feel better much faster after the procedure than at an older age.
This is important for female pets, such as cats, which come into their first season at 4-5 months old. For male pets, it is also important as it reduces the development of testosterone induced behavioural problems such as aggression, mounting or urine spraying. These problems may become a problem when your pet is older and mature, and can become part of their nature, meaning they may not be corrected by desexing at an older age.
Desexing is a routine procedure, but although this surgery occurs every day, we always consider that it is a once in a lifetime experience for your pet. We are therefore careful to maximize your pet’s comfort and reduce stress once admitted to hospital and throughout the procedure.
Desexing is conducted under full general anaesthetic with strict hygiene controls. When under anaesthetic, your pet will be closely monitored by a qualified and skilled veterinary nurse. We also utilise insulated blankets and administer anti-inflammatory medication to minimise any discomfort after the procedure.
While under anaesthetic, your pet will also have an Australian Veterinary Association ear tattoo applied to indicate they have been desexed. This is important in males as they can have testicles retained in the abdomen.
After being desexed, your pet will have a reduced metabolic rate, so be sure to balance the number of calories they consume with those they use during exercise to maintain a healthy weight.
The benefits of desexing male pets:
- Less aggression with other pets and people – entire males can be unpredictable when near a female in season
- Less likely to wander looking for females and cause/become involved in fights and road accidents
- More likely to stay home so usually make better guard dogs
- Less vet visits for traumatic injuries/illnesses
- Less inappropriate behavior in your home, such as urinating and mounting
- Less extra puppies and kittens produced, and therefore less unwanted animals at shelters
- No risk of developing testicular cancer (compared to a high risk in entire males)
- Greatly reduces the potential for prostate problems later in life (common in entire males)
- In cats, greatly reduced incidence of cat fights, feline AIDS virus and abscesses
- Cheaper council registration fees
The benefits of desexing female pets:
- Speying before their first season reduces chances of breast cancer by over 90% – there is no physical or behavioural advantage for your pet in speying after their first season or litter
- No irritability and unpredictability caused by hormonal surges
- No unwanted pregnancies or litters
- No lock-in period when in season, and no bleeding (when entire, bleeding occurs twice a year for up to 3-4 weeks)
- Avoidance of potentially life threatening medical conditions such as pyometron (pus-filled uterus)
- Reduced incidence of feline AIDS virus and cat abscesses
- Less desire to wander, and therefore less likely to be involved in fights and road accidents
- Reduced aggression, particularly with children
- No caesarian procedure for difficult births – caesarian procedures can cost $600-800!
- Cheaper council registration