We highly recommend desexing your pets, including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and guinea pigs. In males, the surgery is commonly referred to as castration and in females as spaying. In our professional opinion, the benefits of desexing are significant:
Here at Fletcher Vets, we offer one of the most comprehensive desexing protocols, for the safety and wellbeing of your pet. We strive to ensure your pet's procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
General anaesthetics can often pose a risk to an animal's body, therefore it is extremely important to continuously monitor their vital organ's health during the procedure. Our trained veterinary nurses and extensive monitoring equipment tracks their:
Each patient has their own graph, such as the one below, which shows their progress through the anaesthetic.
How much does it cost to desex your pet?
The cost of desexing varies according to species, gender, age, size of your pet, and whether or not they are in season, pregnant, or have normal reproductive morphology. In order to provide you with an exact quote, we recommend contacting us directly so that we can ask a few questions pertaining to your pet.
We also offer additional services at the time of desexing, such as pre-anaesthetic blood testing, to gather more information about your pet, and to ensure they are fit for an anaesthetic. This is an optional extra, and adds to the overall cost of the procedure.
We work hand-in-hand with Hunter Animal Watch to provide pension and concession card holders with a discount on the cost of desexing. Please contact us directly to enquire about this.
What can I do/expect before my pet’s surgical appointment?
What can I expect after my pet’s surgery:
Our veterinarians’ high level of expertise and our practice’s fully equipped surgical suite allows us to perform the vast majority of soft tissue surgical procedures that your pet may require. Soft tissue surgery encompasses any surgery that is not related to bones. It includes procedures such as desexing, exploratory laparotomies, caesareans, lump removals, biopsies, wound stitch-ups, removal of intestinal foreign bodies etc.
A very common soft tissue surgery is the removal of lumps. Some lumps may require a biopsy prior to removal to help understand whether they are cancerous or not. This information assists us in planning the surgery accordingly to give your pet the best possible outcome. Once they have been removed we recommend sending them to our external laboratory for analysis.
Although most lumps are benign (not harmful), a minority are more serious (malignant). In the case of malignant (cancerous) tumours, early removal and an accurate diagnosis is extremely important to maximise the chances of a good outcome.
Just like humans, our pets are vulnerable to gum disease and problems with their teeth. Alarmingly, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats suffer from some form of dental disease by the age of three. Some dental disease can be maintained or eradicated with homecare products and tailored regime. Other times, when dental disease becomes too prominent, it is important to have a thorough clean and scale to remove the build up of tartar, plaque and possibly have problem teeth removed.
We have state-of-the-art dental equipment here at our clinic, complete with dental scaler, polisher and micro-drill. We also have the ability to take radiographs of your pet’s tooth roots if need be. All procedures are performed while your pet is under anaesthetic, to ensure the most thorough and detailed exam possible. Please let us know if you are concerned about your pet’s teeth, and we can recommend the best treatment plan suited to you and them.
Orthopaedic surgery encompasses any surgery that is related to bones or joints. It includes procedures such as fracture repairs, ligament repairs and spinal surgery to name a few.
Our veterinarians’ high level of expertise and our practice’s fully equipped surgical suite allows us to perform certain orthopaedic surgical procedures that your pet may require. These may include:
Complicated orthopaedic cases, such as spinal surgery, will need to be referred to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon. Our veterinarians will assess each case individually and provide the best advice for you and your pet.