Dr Burger in theatre performing a sterilisation on a cat
Dr Smith performing castration in theatre
Orthopaedic surgery being performed in veterinary theatre vet clinic

At Kimberley Veterinary Clinic we offer a wide variety of surgical services.

This includes routine procedures like sterilisations and castrations, more advanced procedures like soft tissue surgery, growth removals, and selected orthopaedic surgery.

Dr Odette Burger performing sterilisation on a dog


Sterilisation refers to the removal of the ovaries in a female and the testes in a male at the appropriate age. It is usually done at around 6 months, but for larger or giant breeds, waiting before sterilisation may be recommended.
This is seen as a routine procedure in South Africa and comes as highly recommended in pets that will not be used for breeding purposes.

By sterilising your pet, you help prevent uterine infections and breast tumours, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Your spayed female pet won’t go into heat. Female cats in heat will yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house.

Spaying your pets is also highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter!

Early neutering helps curb many undesirable behavioural problems. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house.
Castration may curb aggression. Male aggression is influenced by the levels o f the male hormone testosterone. High levels of testosterone have been shown to cause aggression in dogs and cats.

In addition, un-neutered male cats have the tendency to be more aggressive to their owners. Fighting male cats are also more likely to acquire diseases due to roaming.

Your male pet will be less likely to roam away from home. When free to roam, they risk being hit by cars, fighting with other males and contracting communicable diseases.
Neutering your male companion also prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.

Caesarean Sections

The normal gestation period of a dog is around 64 days from conception. Signs of impending labour include restlessness and nesting behaviour, she will have a very low appetite about 24 hours prior to labour. There may be a mucoid discharge and she may lick her vulva. These occurrences are all normal.

When must you be worried about complications?

  • If your pet ‘s contractions last longer than 45 minutes before the first puppy.
  • If there is a green discharge from the vulva before the first puppy is born.
  • If there is more than 4 hour gaps between consecutive puppies.
  • If your pet shows signs of extreme fatigue, pain or continuous vomiting.
  • If there is excessive bloody discharge from vulva.

Elective c-sections can be booked should it be indicated (larger than average puppies, only a single pup, conformation abnormalities and certain medical conditions)

It is recommended that dogs have no more than three c-sections during their breeding period. More than that can cause serious health repercussions for both mom and babies.

chihuahua puppies after a caesarean section

Selective Orthopaedic and Soft Tissue Surgery

Our clinic offers basic orthopaedic procedures like amputations, jaw fractures and femur head-and-neck resections.

We also offer a variety of soft tissue surgery such as growth removals, hernia repairs, GIT surgery and bladder surgery.

This is not an exhaustive list, so if your pet requires a specific surgery, be sure to contact us and schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

If we are unable to assist you, we have a list of referral practices on speed dial.

Doctor Murray Hyslop performing surgery on a sheep
Dr Piet Swart performing surgery on dog
owl during surgery orthopaedic
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