Sterilisation (otherwise known as desexing or neutering) is recommended for many exotic pets, and it is important in preventing a range of problems that can occur later in your pet’s life.

We recommend that rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and rats should all be routinely desexed to prevent a range of issues. In some cases, sterilising your reptile or bird is also indicated for the prevention of some diseases.

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What Are the Different Types of Sterilisation?

The most common form of sterilisation is when animals undergo surgery to remove part of their reproductive tract, this is generally known castration or spay. There are also medical forms of temporary sterilisation that involve hormonal injections or implants.

  • Castration – Castration is the term used when sterilising a male animal and involves the removal of the testicles.
  • Spay – Spay (or spey) is the term commonly used when sterilising a female animal and generally involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus.

In general, either surgery (castration or spay) is a day procedure where your pet is dropped off at our veterinary clinic in the morning, has surgery during the day and then goes home that afternoon or evening.

At What Age Should Exotic Pets Be Sterilised?

Recommended sterilisation ages vary on the species but can be performed as early as 3 months of age in some cases.

Why Should I Sterilise My Exotic Pet?

There are many health and behavioural benefits from sterilising your exotic pet, including:

  • Eliminating the risk of testicular cancer in males
  • A reduction of unwanted behaviours (such as urine spraying, humping/mounting, biting, aggression)
  • Reducing the smell that ferrets give off
  • Eliminating the risk of uterine cancer in females. This is particularly important in rabbits as up to 80% of rabbits over two years of age will develop uterine cancer.
  • Eliminating the risk of cystic ovary disease (particularly important in guinea pigs as this is very common) and ovarian cancer
  • Reducing the risk of mammary cancer development (particularly important in rats)
  • Preventing female ferrets suffering from life-threatening anaemia (low red blood cells) if they are ‘in season’ too long
  • Decreasing the risk of faecal impaction in male guinea pigs

In addition to the benefits listed above, sterilisation prevents any unwanted (and unexpected) pregnancies.

For more information on sterilisation your exotic pet or to make an appointment, please contact your local Unusual Pet Vets team.

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Client – Ferntree Gully

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