McDowall veterinary practice recommends desexing male and female dogs at six months of age before females have their first season. There is strong scientific evidence that if you desex a female dog before her first season, her risk of developing mammary cancer later in life is reduced by 90%. If you delay the desexing until after she has had a season the benefit is reduced, and this decreases until after her 3rd season after which there is no statistical protective benefit.
Desexing also helps to prevent serious diseases such as pyometra, prostatic disease and testicular tumours.
Owners are often concerned about their pets possibly gaining weight after desexing. This can easily be avoided by adjusting the amount of food offered to pets after they are neutered. Please discuss this in more depth with Rob or Jenny if you would like more information.
All our desexing surgeries are performed using the latest and safest (human) anaesthetics. Our patients are all placed on intravenous fluids throughout the procedure to help support their blood pressure during the surgery. They are monitored by sophisticated anaesthetic monitoring equipment and a qualified nurse at all times, and are all given strong pre-operative, inter-operative and post-operative pain relief.
We are fully aware of the risk to animals of anaesthetics. Although the risk is extremely slight (less than 0.3%), it increases as our pets age and develop other health problems. For this reason, we are careful to examine each patient prior to surgery and to tailor our anaesthetic regimes to suit their needs. We use the safest anaesthetic agents available in veterinary medicine, which are the same as you would have when anaesthetised in hospital . For additional safety every patient is placed on intravenous fluids throughout their surgery to support their heart and kidney function. During anaesthesia we have equipment that continually monitors our patient’s heart rate, ECG, blood oxygenation; respiratory rate and temperature. A qualified nurse monitors each anaesthetic and records an anaesthetic chart for each patient.
We offer and recommend pre-anaesthetic blood-profile testing to all our patients, which enables us to examine the animal’s body for internal problems before surgery commences. Such problems may be hidden and not obvious externally, despite a physical examination. This further ensures safety with anaesthesia.
We consider analgesia (pain relief) a vital part of any surgery that we perform. For this reason, we routinely administer pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative pain relief to ensure that your pet has no discomfort. This also reduces their stress levels and the doses of anaesthetic required, making the whole process safer.
One of the more common problems we see in middle-aged to older animals is dental disease. This impacts on the rest of the body as it allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream through inflamed gums. These bacteria then spread to internal organs causing possible liver, kidney and heart infections as well as possible septicaemia (blood infection). The reduction in appetite associated with dental disease also lowers the immune system. It is important that we prevent dental disease where possible and treat gingivitis early on when it arises. Speak to our vets about our dental preventative care programs and free dental checks. We use ultrasonic de-scaler equipment, similar to those used by dental surgeries/hygienists, to clean our patients’ teeth.
Orthopaedic Surgery :
We are well equipped to perform orthopaedic surgery in house. More complicated surgeries are often referred to orthopaedic specialists at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre which are both nearby.
Soft Tissue Surgery :
We routinely perform a vast range of soft tissue surgery such as exploratory laporotomies, caesareans, tumour and lump removals, biopsies, wound stitch-ups, removal of intestinal foreign bodies etc. The list is endless … you’d be amazed at some of the predicaments our pets find themselves in!
As with human surgery our vets scrub up, wear surgical gowns, hats and safety protection and use autoclaved (sterilised) instruments throughout all procedures. The surgical bed is heated for the comfort and wellness of our patients who are continually monitored. A fully-trained veterinary nurse assists the vet throughout the procedure and monitors the patients right through to the recovery period.