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It’s time to desex your pet!

July 18, 2017

Desexing can have many benefits for your pet’s health and behaviour. Plus, it will stop them from producing litters that will add to the high number of homeless companion animals.

Dogs and cats can be desexed from eight weeks of age. Desexing will mean your dog or can’t wont be able to produce a litter, but what you may not know is that desexing can also prevent certain types of cancers and reduce undesirable behaviours.

July is National Desexing Month, so we’re sharing reasons why you should desex your pet, and clearing up some common misconceptions about desexing.

Health benefits of desexing

Desexing your dog or cat can help prevent the development of:

  • Mammary cancer, uterine cancer, cystic ovaries and infections of the uterus in females
  • Testicular cancer and prostate problems in males

Behavioural benefits of desexing

Desexing your dog or cat can help reduce undesirable behaviours, such as:

  • The urge to escape or roam to find a mate
  • Aggressive or territorial behaviours
  • Urine marking
  • Inappropriate mounting

Despite the health and behavioural benefits of desexing, the procedure can be plagued by ill-informed misconceptions. But, we’re ready to bust some of the most common desexing myths below.

Myth 1: Desexing will change my pet’s personality

If your pet’s personality does change in any way after desexing, it’s generally for the better. They can become calmer, easier to train, and won’t suffer the frustration of constantly wanting to mate.

Myth 2: Desexing will make my pet become overweight and lazy

Spaying or neutering your pet won’t make them overweight and lazy. Pets, much like humans, become overweight as a result of a poor diet and lack of exercise. Feeding your pet the right amount of quality food and giving them regular exercise will help them stay happy and healthy.

Myth 3: I have a male pet, so I don’t need to desex him

The majority of dogs ending up at animal shelters are males that haven’t been desexed. A male who isn’t desexed can become incredibly frustrated when the need to mate hits him, resulting in him escaping or developing behavioural issues. Desexing can help to prevent this.

Myth 4: It’s healthier for my pet to have a litter first

Veterinary evidence suggests breeding your female pet is more likely to cause her harm. A female who isn’t desexed is much more susceptible to cancers and diseases of the reproductive organs, not to mention problems with birth itself, which can be problematic and even result in expensive surgical procedures.

Myth 5: Desexing is too expensive

Surgery for your pet can be expensive, but if you budget for the cost of caring for a litter of kittens or puppies, you’ll find that expenses can quickly add up. Pet owners can take advantage of National Desexing Month, with many vet clinics offering discounted dog and cat desexing.

This July, the Frank Samways Veterinary Clinic is offering discounted dog and cat desexing upon presentation of a pension, concession or health card. For more information and to book, please call (03) 9329 2755.