Desexing & neutering procedures

We practice the highest standard of care for all routine desexing procedures


At Dr Paws North Ryde, we practice fear free visits for our patients undergoing desexing surgeries. We generally recommend the surgery be performed between 5-6 months of age. However, we may give specific advice to you and your pet as to the exact timing of desexing depending on their breed and in line with recent research.

De-sexing is a surgical procedure performed to sterilise male and female animals. After this procedure is performed your pet will no longer be able to reproduce. This is permanent and the procedure cannot be reversed.

When a female dog (bitch) or cat (queen) is de-sexed it is referred to as spaying and involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries. De-sexing of a male dog or cat is referred to as castration. It is a shorter operation that involves the surgical removal of the testicles.

Despite being considered routine surgeries, both procedures are still major surgeries in the grand scheme and require the surgery to be performed delicately. Both procedures are ‘day procedures’ and require hospitalisaton for the full day to allow us to monitor your pet and provide adequate pain relief prior to, during and then after surgery.

We welcome all sizes and breeds!

From $220
  • Please call us as price is dependent on your pet’s sex, species and weight
  • Day procedure available Monday-Friday

Pre Surgery Care

We understand that surgery for your pet can be daunting and scary. The aim of our pre-surgery care is to minimise your concerns and prepare your pet for safe and stress free surgery.

Prior to the day of your pet’s surgery, one our team members will give you a call to remind you of your pet’s desexing date, admission time and to answer any questions you may have. A text message and email will also be sent as a helpful reminder as well.

The main points to remember are to:

  • Withhold food on the day of surger;
  • Water is ok up until you leave the house to come to the clinic;
  • Take your pet for a short toilet walk prior to arriving at the clinic;
  • Arrive at the clinic at your scheduled appointment time.

When you arrive at the clinic one of our nurses will take your dog or cat through to the hospital straight away, so that they can avoid any disturbance in the waiting room and have more time to settle into their respective hospital ward.

A nurse will then explain to you the procedure for the day and take you through some paperwork, including:

  • the recommended option to perform a blood test prior to the anaesthetic to help increase your pet’s anaesthetic safety
  • Answer any questions about what will happen during the procedure
  • Ensure vaccination, flea and worm treatment is up-to-date to prevent cross infection

During the pre surgery consultation with out nurses, you will be offered the choice of performing a blood test.

The blood test is designed to pick up at an early stage any internal health concerns that may affect the anaesthetic. The test includes a check of the liver and kidney values, blood glucose level, electrolyte levels, overall protein level and overall red blood cell count.

Veterinary care
Desexing surgery

During the Surgery

We take ananaesthtic monitoring and surgery very seriously. We use the latest in recommended anaesthetic techniques and monitoring and practice strict aseptic surgical techniques.

After surgery, a member of the surgery team will discuss what has occurred during surgery and give you as much time as you need to answer questions.

We will then talk you through your pet’s post-surgery care regime. You will also receive an information sheet, for your reference when caring for your pet after surgery.

  • Please give medication as directed
  • You may need to restrict your pet’s movement, at least until any stitches removed
  • Attend all post-surgery appointments, even if the wound is healing well

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are worried for any reason or visit our clinics.

There are no silly questions! We are always happy to take your call.

Post Surgery Care

We send all of our patients home with 3 days of additional pain relief, an Elizabethan collar, a desexing certificate and post operative instructions. It’s then over to you to help them rest and recover.

Our patients generally recover exceptionally quickly from surgery, so it can be tempting to get back to normal activity straight away. However, remember that whilst the surgery is routine, it is still considered major surgery.

Please strictly rest your fur child in a warm, calm environoment for the first 7 days post surgery. This may mean you need to separate them from other pets in the meantime to facilitate the chance to recuperate in peace.

Patient comfort is our priority! All animals undergoing desexing surgery receive both opioid pain relief (methadone, which is similar to morphine used in humans) and strong anti-inflammatory pain relief peri-operatively.

We then send all patients home with further pain relief to be given over the 3 days following surgery.

Most cats and dogs recover extremely quickly from surgery and are comfortable within 24 hours after surgery. However, if you feel that your fur child still seems uncomfortable then we always encourage you to contact us for any further advice on providing additional comfort.

We provide a complimentary visit with one of our nurses following all desexing surgery. This appointment occurs 2-4 days after surgery.

During the appointment we will further ask you how you think your pet is recovering and then perform a basic health and surgery site check to ensure we are happy with how you fur child is recovering.

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