The time to desex is now

Responsible pet ownership: Puppies and kittens might be cute but supply far outweighs demand, leading to many pets being dumped in animal shelters. Desexing addresses this problem and has many health benefits for a pet.

Responsible pet ownership: Puppies and kittens might be cute but supply far outweighs demand, leading to many pets being dumped in animal shelters. Desexing addresses this problem and has many health benefits for a pet.

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Every loving pet owner would like their pet to live a longer, healthier and happier life.

We would all also like to see fewer stray and neglected animals.

National Desexing Month in July highlights a procedure that can achieve both these aims.

RSPCA NSW said it can take just two years for one female cat and her offspring to produce around 20,000 kittens.

And in only five years, one female dog and her offspring can produce approximately 20,000 puppies. Many don’t end up finding their forever homes.

Some are dumped, left to fend for themselves on the streets.

Others end up in pounds and shelters, putting incredible strain on their resources.

Some pet owners say they can’t afford to have their pet desexed, however during National Desexing Month many veterinary clinics offer significant discounts on the procedures.

Call your local clinics for a quote.

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The National Desexing Network said some of the benefits of desexing include:

Health

  • Reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs, such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer, cystic ovaries, ovarian tumors, acute uterine infections, breast cancer, mammary cancer, perianal tumors and perianal hamias.
  • Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding.
  • Pets generally live longer and healthier lives.

Behavioural

  • Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost or injured.
  • Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying.
  • Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours. They become more affectionate and become better companions.
  • Eliminates "heat" cycles in female cats.
  • Eliminates male dogs' urge to "mount" people's legs.

Cost

  • Reduces the cost to the community having to care for unwanted puppies and kittens in pounds and shelters.
  • No additional food or vet bills for the offspring.
  • No need to find homes for unwanted or unexpected litters.
  • Save money from expensive surgeries from car accidents or fights, which are less likely to occur if your pet doesn't roam around.
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