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General Vet Services


Did you know that the RSPCA Townsville Animal Care Centre finds homes for more than 1,700 animals a year? Here at JCU Vet, we are committed to protecting Townsville’s pet community and desexing plays an important role in this process.

In addition to preventing unwanted litters, desexing your pet has a number of health and behavioural benefits.

Why should I get my pet desexed?

  • Reduces or eliminates the risk of certain cancers and other diseases of the reproductive organs.
  • Pets are less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours.
  • Pets are less prone to wander, fight, get lost or injured.
  • Can reduce territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors (with cats).

When should I get my pet desexed?

  • Dogs and cats can be desexed from four months old, depending on an examination from your JCU Veterinarian. We recommend that you come in for your pet’s individual assessment to determine whether this is the best option for them. In some cases, it’s important to note that younger pets often benefit from a quicker surgery and faster recovery time.

What does the procedure involve?

  • Females - spaying involves surgery to remove the ovaries and uterus.
  • Males - castration involves the removal of the testicles.

Surgical care at JCU Vet

  • We understand that bringing your pet in for surgery can be an overwhelming and worrying process. Rest assured that our qualified and experienced Veterinarians are committed to providing the best possible outcome for our patients.
  • We ensure that you are guided throughout the process from pre-operative care procedures including blood testing through to pain relief, fluid therapy, anaesthesia and post-operative care both in-clinic and at home.