Desexing Your Cat or Dog

At Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to providing professional and compassionate veterinary care to ensure your pets remain healthy. We understand that taking your pet to be desexed might feel like a daunting process, which is why our friendly team is here for you and your pet every step of the way.

Desexing your cat or dog is an important part of responsible pet ownership and we have been providing desexing services since 1999.

The Importance and Benefits of Desexing

Neutering your cat or dog is an effective way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and keep your pet healthy. Many cities in Australia have also introduced laws mandating that all cats must be microchipped and desexed.

If you are looking to do both of these things and more, we offer wellness packages for cats, dogs, kittens and puppies – experience premium care for your pet and great savings on vet bills.

There are many benefits of desexing for males and females:

  • In females, desexing prevents: unwanted pregnancies, unwanted advances from roaming males, hormone-related behavioural changes, false pregnancies and pyometra (a life threatening infection of the uterus). It also greatly reduces the likelihood of mammary cancer in dogs.
  • In males, the benefits include: reducing the risk of prostate-related problems, eliminating the risk of testicular problems such as cancer, reducing extreme hormone-related behaviours such as roaming, aggression and territorial urine marking.

What Happens During the Procedure?

Before: Our vets will work with you to determine the best time to desex your cat or dog. Usually, the procedure is done when they are around 6 months old.

During: The procedure to desex your pet is very straightforward. Our veterinary surgeons and team will be on hand to answer your questions and ease your concerns at an initial consultation.

After: The recovery from surgery is fast and you can expect that most cats and dogs can go home on the same day of their surgery. Good post-operative care is essential to allow your cat or dog to recover quickly from their operation and avoid complications. Your vet will talk this through with you.

Common Desexing FAQs

Q – Will my pet’s personality change?

A – Desexing may reduce aggressive behaviour in some cases but doesn’t guarantee a favourable change in your pet’s personality in any way.


Q – Is desexing safe?

A – Spay and neuter surgeries are the most commonly performed animal procedures. For females however, it is still quite a major procedure and may have some risks involved. Most animals experience relatively little discomfort and are back to their normal activities within a day or two (anaesthetics are used during surgery, and pain medication is always given afterwards).


Q – How old should my pet be before desexing?

A – We recommend that your puppy and/or kitten are desexed from 6 months old (Please speak to a veterinarian to discuss the best time for your pet to be desexed). Desexing has numerous benefits, including reduced recovery times from anaesthesia and wound healing.

Looking to desex or sterilise your cat or dog? Contact our friendly team at Port Kennedy Vets today on 08 9524 6644 or send us an online enquiry.