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Desexing your Dog

Posted on: Oct 17 2018

Desexing your animal is a good decision. As animal lovers and pet owners, we must take a responsible approach towards animal population control. Nobody likes to see animal shelters full of unwanted pets. In fact, animal welfare organizations will desex pets before adoption to ensure there is no possibility of unwanted puppies.


Understandably dog owners may feel anxious about the procedure since it requires general anaesthetic and must be carried out by a qualified and skilful veterinarian. Here at Karingal Vet Hospital in Frankston we make sure your dog is comfortable and cared for – your favourite friend will be in good hands. We will provide pre-surgical and post-surgical advice to ensure your dog recovers comfortably. Once back at home, your dog will need a quiet place to recover and lots of love.


A dalmation recovering in bed after desexing in Frankston

Desexing Male Dogs

The procedure is called an orchiectomy. The ideal time for your dog to undergo the procedure is 6 months but for some larger breeds we recommend 4 months.


Health Benefits to Neutering Your Male Dog


  1. Prevents prostate cancer
  2. Prevents perineal hernia
  3. Prevents testicular infections and testicular cancer


Behavioural Benefits of Neutering Your Dog

You’ll see less of the following behaviours:


  1. Aggression
  2. Territoriality
  3. Fighting between male dogs
  4. Mounting
  5. Urinating inappropriately
  6. Roaming



Desexing Female Dogs

The procedure is called an ovariohysterectomy. It is the removal of both ovaries and the uterus.


Health Benefits of Spaying Your Female Dog


  1. Prevents ovarian cysts and uterine infections
  2. Prevents ovarian and uterine cancer
  3. Prevents breast tumours


Behavioural Benefits of Spaying your Female Dog

You’ll see less of the following behaviours:


  1. Roaming
  2. Increased urinating while in heat
  3. Yowling while in heat


Building a Healthy Relationship with Your Dog

Desexing your dog is not a quick behavioural fix. It will reduce some of the undesirable behaviours mentioned above but it will not reduce any learned or habitual behaviours. Dogs still need to be trained and socialised to become happy and loyal pets and this starts when they are puppies. If you’re interested in our Puppy School in Frankston or would like to know more about the benefits of Puppy School, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 7 days a week.

Our hours are

- 8am-8pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Temporarily closed on Sundays Due To Covid,

- We will remain closed from the 25th Dec 2020 - 28th Dec 2020 & on 1st Jan 2021

* We are closed on public holidays.