De-sexing or neutering refers to the surgical removal of reproductive organs from an animal whilst under a general anaesthetic.

This is a routine and common surgical procedure, with us performing these types of surgeries five days of the week. For males this procedure is commonly known as a 'castration' and for females it is known as a 'spey'.

Ultimately, we recommend de-sexing to prevent more unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Maximum benefits are achieved if de-sexing is done at a young age, therefore we recommend this usually at six months for dogs and 4-6 months for cats, but each patient may vary. There are numerous other reasons we recommend de-sexing your pet such as;


  • Can remove unwanted attention from male dogs and male cats.
  • Can help control dominance aggression problems.
  • Can help reduce wandering instinct and escape tendencies.
  • Can aid in decreasing male urine marking and territorial spraying.


  • Stops female reproductive cycle and the associated bleeding.
  • Drastically reduces female risk of mammary tumours as well as uterine infection known as a pyometra which can be life-threatening.
  • Castration reduces the risk of prostatic disease, perianal tumours and eliminates the risk of testicular cancers.

Feel at ease knowing you are leaving your pet in safe hands with us at Johnston Street Veterinary Clinic. With our state-of-the-art facilities and our high standard of veterinary anaesthetic care, your pet could not be in better care.

If you would like more information about de-sexing, do not hesitate to speak to one of our knowledgeable nurses directly on 9416 3788.

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