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2 Little Channon Street
QLD 4570

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An important aspect of owning a pet is the decision to desex your pet. Despite wanting the best for their pets and being aware of the many health benefits, owners can still be hesitant to have their pets desexed.

At Gympie Veterinary Services we recommend this procedure be done at approximately 6 months of age before sexual maturity and ideally before the female’s first heat cycle. This procedure is permanent and cannot be reversed. After having this procedure done, animals will no longer go through a season or fall pregnant.

There are many advantages to having your pets desexed.

For females, benefits include the reduction of the risk of unwanted pregnancies and contributing to the number of stray pet population. It also stops male dogs roaming the streets looking for a bitch that is on heat as once speyed the females will no longer have heat cycles and there will also be no more messy bleeding.

Importantly, speying the bitch before her first heat cycle reduces the risk of mammary and ovarian cancer as well as reducing the risk of the potential infection of the uterus.

For males, the benefits of having them castrated are equally important as speying females in reducing unwanted pregnancies. Castration can reduce the aggressive impulses of males towards people or other dogs who tend to mark their territory with urine. Roam looking for females in season. Castrating your pet can eliminate the possibility of developing testicular cancer in later life and a decreased likelihood of developing prostate problems, tumours of the anus and perineal hernias.

Many pet owners worry the procedure will change their pet’s personality. Desexing your pet will not change its basic personality, although it may lead to behavioural improvements, playfulness, happiness and focus.

Some people are reluctant to desex their pets as they believe it will cause weight gain or reduced activity levels. Speying and castration of your pet will not directly cause weight gain, or activity levels. If a male is desexed, it will no longer have the urge to seek out females in season so this may decrease energy expenditure.


The metabolic requirements for food will be decreased post surgery and the amount of food should be adjusted accordingly.

It is important with males and females to avoid overfeeding and to continue with adequate exercise. If you are unsure of the amount of food your pet should be having, please talk to one of our staff for advice.



What does the procedure involve?

On the day prior to having your pet desexed, we advise there be no food after 6pm. No treats! An empty stomach is critical for safe anaesthesia. Remove water access one hour before admission. Your pet is encouraged to exercise and have time to empty bowel and bladder before being admitted to hospital. All procedures are performed under sterile conditions using full general anaesthesia.


When a female dog (bitch) or cat (queen) is desexed the procedure is referred to as ‘speying’, it involves the removal of both the uterus and ovaries.  Animals can be desexed whilst they are in season, but generally we try to do the surgery from about 4 to 6 weeks after the start of their last oestrous cycle.

When an animal is in season, there is an increased blood supply to both the uterus and the ovaries.


Canine and Feline castration involves the removal of the testes. It involves a day procedure whereby your pet will be under general anaesthesia for about 10 minutes in cats, and up to 20 minutes in a dog. With rest and pain relief for a couple of days, your pet is usually back to their normal self very quickly.



Desexing is a day procedure in our clinic, so pet's will be discharged into your care at the end of the day. After desexing pet’s activities will have to be restricted to allow the incision to heal. Prevent any physical activity such as jumping or play fighting that may cause the wound to break down. It is also important to ensure your pet is not licking the wound at all.


You will be advised of post operative care including pain relief and can book a free check-up appointment 7-10 days after the operation to monitor their recovery.


At Gympie Veterinary Services we only use state of the art anaesthetics and our local Gympie vets are very experienced in desexing surgery - your pet will be in the safest of hands.

Our friendly staff can give you more information about the appropriate time to desex your pet and discuss how to prepare your pet for the surgery - call Gympie Veterinary Services today.

An important aspect of owning a pet is the decision to desex your pet. Despite wanting the best for their pets and being aware of the many health benefits, owners can still be hesitant to have their pets desexed. 

At Gympie Veterinary Services we recommend this procedure be done at approximately 6 months of age before sexual maturity and ideally before the females first heat cycle. This procedure is permanent and cannot be reversed. After having this procedure done, animals will no longer go through a season or fall pregnant.

There are many advantages to having your pets desexed.
For females, benefits include the reduction of the risk of unwanted pregnancies and contributing to the number of stray pet population. It also stops male dogs roaming the streets looking for a bitch that is on heat as once speyed the females will no longer have heat cycles and there will also be no more messy bleeding.
Importantly, speying the bitch before her first heat cycle reduces the risk of mammary and ovarian cancer as well as reducing the risk of the potential infection of the uterus.

For males, the benefits of having them castrated are equally important as speying females in reducing unwanted pregnancies. Castration can reduce the aggressive impulses of males towards people or other dogs who tend to mark their territory with urine. Roam looking for females in season. Castrating your pet can eliminate the possibility of developing testicular cancer in later life and a decreased likelihood of developing prostate problems, tumours of the anus and perineal hernias.An important aspect of owning a pet is the decision to desex your pet. Despite wanting the best for their pets and being aware of the many health benefits, owners can still be hesitant to have their pets desexed.