Desexing

If you are not intending to breed from your new puppy or kitten, we advise desexing at 5-6 months of age. This has advantages for both male and female dogs and cats!!

DOGS

Desexing a male dog removes the sexual urge which means they are less likely to wander if they smell the scent of a bitch in season. This reduces their chances of being involved in an automobile accident/road trauma. Desexing also reduces aggressive tendencies due to reduced levels of the male hormone testosterone as well as potential health problems later in life such as prostatic disease and perianal tumours.

A desexed female dog will not come into heat or season and will not be able to become pregnant. Desexing also provides certain health benefits such as decreased risk of mammary (breast) cancer as well as preventing diseases of the uterus such as pyometra.

Owners quite often ask about the old wives tale that states that all female dogs should be allowed to have one litter before desexing to improve their temperament. There is no scientific proof to support this theory and we do not routinely advise it.

Owners also ask about potential weight gain post desexing. Careful feeding of a good quality, complete diet to meet the caloric needs of all pets helps to control weight gain. Overfeeding and lack of exercise are the main causes of weight gain in companion animals, not desexing.

Desexing is a surgical procedure that requires a general anaesthetic. The pet is admitted to the hospital for the day, and these procedures are able to be booked on any day Monday to Friday. Please phone if you would like an estimate of cost for desexing your puppy.

CATS

If you are not intending to breed from your new kitten, we advise desexing at 5-6 months of age. This has advantages for both male and female cats.

Desexing a male cat removes the sexual urge which means they are less territorial and less likely to be involved in cat fights. As well as reducing the incidence of cat fight wounds and abscesses, they are also less likely to become infected with Feline AIDS which is transmitted through fighting.

A desexed female cat will not come into heat or season and will not be able to become pregnant. This prevents unwanted pregnancies and kittens.

Desexing is a surgical procedure that requires a general anaesthetic. The pet is admitted to the hospital for the day, and these procedures are able to be booked on any day Monday to Friday. Please phone if you would like an estimate of cost for desexing your kitten.

Please feel free to discuss any questions you may have regarding the pros and cons of desexing with any of our experienced staff.