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Sat: 8am-3pm
Sun: 10am-2pm


Desexing or neutering involves removing part of a pet’s reproductive system so that they can’t have babies. Usually we perform this procedure are dogs and cats but other animals like rabbits and ferrets can also be desexed. In female animals it is called a “spey” and in males it is referred to as “castration”.

Our price is fully inclusive of things that are sometimes optional elsewhere.

Surgery for you pet will include:

  • A complete health check before surgery and also another one 7-10 days later
  • Pain relief and IV fluid therapy during surgery to make it as safe for your pet as possible.
  • We try not to use stitches on the outside so your pet usually wont need a “plastic” bucket collar which means their recovery is less stressful for them – and you.
  • Dogs will go home with a few days of extra pain relief.
Desexing - Foothills Animal Hospital

When Should You Desex?

The most common age to desex your pet is 6 months of age, however they are never too old to be desexed.

There are many benefits to desexing your pet at 6 months of age.

They include:

  • Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals.
  • Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, and it can help prevent pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females
  • Stopping the “heat” cycle in females
  • Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males
  • Being less prone to wander, especially in males
  • Living a longer and healthier life
  • Reduction of council registration fees
Desexing - Foothills Animal Hospital

Before Surgery

  • Make a booking for your pets operation
  • If your pet is a dog, wash them the day before surgery as they are unable to be washed for at least 10 days
  • Do not give your pet food after 8pm the night before the operation
  • We are happy for you to help settle your pet into their bed for the day
  • Keeping your pet comfortable and stress-free is very important to us
  • You are welcome to bring any toy or comforting bedding that is familiar to your pet while they are with us

Click here to download our Pre-Operative Information

Our friendly staff can give you more information about the appropriate time to desex your pet and discuss how to prepare your pet for the surgery – contact Foothills Animal Hospital today.

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23 Thomas St, Armadale,
Western Australia 6112

Business Hours

Monday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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In case of EMERGENCIES outside of these hours, we recommend going to WAVES, 1/640 Beeliar Dr, Success WA 6164 - 9412 5700