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Franklin Vets offers a de-sexing service for your pets, performed in our modern theatres using the latest technologies. All our surgical patients receive opiate (morphine based) pain control while at the clinic and painkillers to take home.


Part of being a responsible pet owner is de-sexing (spaying and neutering). There are many benefits to your pet as well as to the wider community by helping to reduce pet overpopulation.desexing kittens and puppies

We offer de-sexing for all small mammals. All surgery requires a full clinical examination and blood tests are recommended. Your pets will be carefully monitored during the procedure with devices that measure heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and oxygen saturation.

De-sexing cats

Male cats should be de-sexed to prevent roaming and fighting, which leads to abscesses and the spread of FIV (feline aids). Female cats should be de-sexed before 6 months of age to prevent mammary cancer.

De-sexing rabbits

Female rabbits should be de-sexed before 3 years of age to prevent uterine cancer, which is so common that it occurs in 60% of rabbits over the age of 4 (with the rate increasing further as the rabbit ages). Spaying a female rabbit also enables her to be successfully bonded with a de-sexed male rabbit (known as a husbun).

De-sexing dogs

Neutering a dog is a simple low-risk procedure for the purposes of canine population control, medical health benefit, genetic-disease control and behavioural modification. There are many behavioural and medical advantages to castration:

  • Decreased aggression towards other male dogs
  • Increased attention-they will not be distracted by the pheromonal stimuli
  • Testicular tumours and some forms of anal cancers are prevented by neutering
  • Decreased roaming
  • Fewer hernias and difficulty defecating and urinating.

Neutering involves a day in the clinic then 4-5 days of rest from work.

Spaying a bitch is more involved surgery but has many benefits. Spaying before their first heat offers the best protection. Spaying involves one day in the clinic then 2 weeks rest from work. We cannot spay dogs in heat and must wait until 3 weeks after the heat is finished. Prevent weight gain after spaying by feeding a proper diet.

Advantages include:

  • Prevention of uterine infections and breast tumours
  • Prevention of heat periods and the mounting of inanimate objects
  • Will not encourage unneutered male dogs with her pheromones.

We provide follow up care and check wounds around 5 days after surgery.

Follow the story of Fletcher the black labrador’s neutering surgery at Franklin Vets

Preventing overpopulation

One of the most important reasond for having your pet de-sexed is to be part of the solution to the pet overpopulation problem.

A single unspayed female cat or dog, her mate and their offspring can reproduce exponentially leading to thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies within just a few years. Many of these animals die from malnutrition and disease, while others are found and rescued by charity groups who quickly become overwhelmed by the large number of animals they receive.

Since many New Zealand households already own pets, supply far exceeds demand and sadly many animals are euthanised due to lack of available homes. Only de-sexing will reduce the number of unwanted animals.