Understanding Desexing

While a desexing procedure is often labelled as a 'routine procedure', it should not be taken lightly. It is a major surgery which requires a very high level of surgical skill and a great deal of care. When choosing a vet to perform a desexing procedure on your pet, please ensure they offer the standard of care you would like your pet to receive.  There are massive differences in care levels between vets! At The Vet Lounge, we don't cut corners and offer an excellent standard of care to ALL surgical patients regardless of how 'routine' the surgery might be. Your pets safety while under anaesthetic is our number one priority.

Monitoring your pet while under anaesthetic

Anaesthetic monitoring equipment make anaesthetics as safe as possible for your pet but sadly not all vets use them. Our equipment 'beeps' every time your pet breathes and every time their heart beats. It also reads the percent of oxygen that is in your pet's blood. On top of this, our qualified anaesthetic nurses manually record your pet's vitals at least every 5 minutes and stand alongside the vet ensuring your pet's anaesthetic is going smoothly.

Surgical theatres

Our practices have dedicated surgical suites to ensure your pets procedure is carried out in a sterile environment. This room is only used for surgery and is closed off at all other times. Just like you and I, infection can occur if surgery is performed in an unsterile environment. We offer advanced orthopaedic surgeries in our surgical suites also, so sterility is absolutely essential.

Fluid therapy

Intravenous (IV) fluids are administered to your pet for all surgical procedures (with the exception of cat castrations as this procedure takes less than 5 minutes). IV fluids help to keep your pet's blood pressure normal and protects their organs while under anaesthetic. They will also help the kidneys flush out the anaesthetics so they get 'back to normal' quickly.


We use a combination of anaesthetic agents to ensure the procedure is as safe as it can be for your pet. The drugs we use are advanced and modern and have little side affects. They are metabolised quickly so your pet wakes up smoothly. After arriving, your pet will get a check over from a vet, then receive an injection of pain relief and sedation ensuring they are nice and calm. After the procedure, your pet will receive another pain relief injection when they are waking up, and will go home with an additional 3 days of pain relief tablets.


Recovery & follow up

Your pet will wake up nice and relaxed on a soft fluffy blanket with a hot water bottle to keep them warm (we never use old towels and newspaper). When they are awake enough, a nurse will take them out for a walk and a toilet break.

Our nurses will contact you the next day to ensure your pet is recovering well at home and to answer any further questions you may have. We will see you and your pet again 10 days after the procedure to check that the wound is healing well and give the ok for a bath!

Desexing myths