Desexing and microchipping




Desexing your pet (commonly referred to as castration for males and spaying for females) is the most common surgery we perform at Racecourse Road Veterinary Hospital. The procedure only takes about a day and your pet is usually home by the evening of the surgery. It’s recommended that you get your pet desexed between 4 and 6 months of age but pets can be desexed at any age.

The reasons we recommend desexing between 4-6 months are:
  • Preventing unwanted litters, which can get costly and increase the number of stray and unwanted animals
  • Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males and pyometra (infection of the uterus) and breast cancer in females
  • Stopping a female’s heat cycle.
  • Decreasing aggression in males
  • Being less prone to wandering (especially males)
  • Living a longer and healthier life
  • Reduction of council registration fees

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Desexing

Will desexing affect my pet’s personality?
No. Your pet’s personality will remain the same, though they may be a bit calmer and less aggressive.
Should my female have a least one litter first?
Will desexing cause my pet to get fat?
Is it painful?
Will my dog lose its “guard dog” instinct?

Tips for Before and After Surgery

  • If it’s a dog being desexed, make sure you give them a thorough bath the day before surgery because you won’t be able to wash them until after the stitches are removed.
  • Don’t feed your pet after 10pm the night before the surgery and no water after 8am on the day of.
  • A blood test may be performed prior to surgery to check vital organ function.
  • The vet will also perform a physical exam before administering anaesthetic.
  • If your pet requires IV fluids during the procedure, this will be discussed with you beforehand.
  • Keep your pet restrained and quiet after surgery, the effects of the anaesthetic can take some time to wear off completely. Keeping them quiet can also help the incision to heal.
  • Limit food and water to small portions on the night following surgery.
  • Follow any dietary instructions the vet provides.
  • Administer all post-surgical medications as per instructions.
  • Make sure your pet’s rest area is clean to avoid infection.
  • Check the incision twice a day for any signs of infection or disruption. If any bleeding, swelling, redness, or discharge appear, call the vet immediately.
  • Prevent your pet from licking or chewing at the wound. If needed, there are cone-shaped collars you can buy to assist with this.
  • Return to us on-time for routine post-op check-ups and removal of stitches.


Here at Racecourse Road Veterinary Hospital we can have your pet microchipped so that if they ever get lost, they can easily be returned to you. The chip will contain information about you and how to contact you should someone find your pet. Microchipping is available for both cats and dogs. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. This can easily be done during a normal consultation or any visit.

The information stored on the chip is placed onto a national computer database. If your pet gets lost and is brought to a shelter or veterinary clinic, they can scan the chip to get the information needed to reunite you with your pet.

Some states of Australia now require that pet owners get their cats or dogs microchipped.