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Having a surgical theatre and recovery area onsite where we can perform routine procedures enables us to provide our clients and their owners with access to the highest quality veterinary care. It also means pets can be cared for close to home and by familiar people, taking much of the stress out of undergoing a surgical procedure.

At Mooroopna Veterinary Practice, your pet’s health is our priority. Your pet will be extremely well cared for before, during and after their surgery. You will be notified as soon as they wake from their procedure.

Desexing Surgery

Castration and speying operations are day procedures, which means your pet will be dropped off in the morning, stay the whole day and be discharged sometime in the afternoon at a time that suits you. On admission one of our veterinary nurses will talk you through the procedure and answer questions you may have, after the surgery is finished, you will receive a phone call or text with an update and to organise a discharge time.

Why de-sex your dog?

De-sexing of male and female dogs is recommended before they reach sexual maturity. Some vets recommend early de-sexing at 12 – 16 weeks of age. At Mooroopna Veterinary Practice, we recommend performing the operation at an older age of 5 to 6 months.


Female dogs that are de-sexed will not have unwanted puppies or come into season twice a year, and if they are de-sexed before their first season, the risk of infection of the uterus (pyometra) that can become a surgical emergency and mammary tumours (breast cancer) is virtually eliminated.


Male dogs de-sexed before puberty will not tend to urinate on everything in sight, will wander less and are usually less aggressive towards other dogs and people than males who have not been de-sexed; they also don’t develop prostate, testicular or perineal hernia problems later in life.

Dalmatian Dog

Why de-sex your cat?

Entire (not de-sexed) male cats develop masculine traits, such as urine marking and defending their territory. The urine of male cats has a particularly strong odour, and they mark their territory by spraying. To establish and defend their territory, cats will fight for dominance, which can result in injury or contracting diseases. Cats are very good breeders. During most of the year, female cats (queens) show signs of being on heat for about one week in every two to three weeks. Signs of being on heat (or ‘calling’) include meowing constantly, rolling around on the floor and restlessness.


A lot of young cats are presented to the veterinarian for the operation because this behaviour is very annoying! The medical reasons for speying before puberty, at around five to six months of age, include avoiding infection of the uterus (pyometra) that can become a surgical emergency and it also significantly reduces the incidence of breast cancer (mammary neoplasia). Speying your cat also prevents unwanted litters.

Soft Tissue Surgery

There is a chance that at some point in your pet’s life they will need to undergo some sort of soft tissue surgery. The most common soft tissue surgeries performed at Mooroopna Veterinary Practice are:

   •  Castrations (male de-sexing)

   •  Spey’s (female de-sexing)

   •  Lump removals

   •  Ear surgery

   •  Skin biopsies

   •  Gastrointestinal surgery

   •  Abscess surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery

With any luck, your pet will never need to have complicated orthopaedic surgery. However, if that situation does arise, rest assured they would be well cared for by our amazing vets and vet nurses.

At Mooroopna Veterinary Practice we perform routine orthopaedic surgery often. In some cases, your pet may be referred to a specialist surgeon if their injuries or the surgery required is considered too complex. We will always offer to you what is in the best interest of your pet.

The types of orthopaedic surgery performed at Mooroopna Veterinary Practice are:

   •  Simple cruciate repair (de angeles surgery)

   •  Complex cruciate repair (TPLO)

   •  Luxating patella/dislocated knee cap

   •  Femoral head and neck excision

   •  Fracture repair

Dental Surgery

Did you know that 80% of dogs and cats in Australia are silently suffering from painful dental disease?

Tartar and calculus build up on our pet’s teeth due to lack of chewing and tooth overcrowding. This leads to tooth decay, tooth loss and pain. Over time, the heavy bacterial burden within the oral cavity can adversely affect other important organs such as the heart and kidneys. In humans even with twice daily brushing, flossing and mouth washing we need to have our teeth cleaned by the dentist regularly.

This can be the same for our pets too! As part of your pet’s regular health assessments provided at Mooroopna Veterinary Practice, your vet may recommend a dental scale and polish to:

   •  Prevent the onset of irreversible dental disease and tooth loss; and

   •  To extract infected and damaged teeth that might be causing your pet pain

Mooroopna Veterinary Practice have modern dental cleaning equipment and other facilities to provide the best dental care for your pet. Call us today to book in a Free dental check with a nurse!

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