Benefits of De-Sexing Your Family Pet

Getting your pet de-sexed is a big decision pet owners need to make. De-sexing doesn't only have its health benefits but is also a good sign of responsible pet ownership. The most obvious benefit of de-sexing is to stop your pet from breeding, resulting in unwanted puppies and kittens.

De-sexing your male dog between 5-6 months of age will limit behavioural problems like urine marking and aggression. It will also reduce roaming behaviours by 90%. In addition, de-sexing will eliminate testicular cancer and reduce the risk of prostate disease.

The Big SnipContrary to popular belief there is NO benefit in allowing a bitch to have a litter of puppies.  Allowing a bitch to have a season before being de-sexed also has no benefits. In fact, it increases her risk of developing breast cancer by over 20% with every season that she has.  Older un-sterilised bitches are more prone to infection of the uterus (pyometra) which is a life threatening condition requiring an emergency hysterectomy.

De-sexing your male cat between 5-6 months of age will reduce his tendencies to roam and fight. Fighting commonly leads to the formation of cat fight abscesses.  De-sexing your female cat between 4-6 months of age will reduce her wandering and reproductive behaviour  and will consequently prevent the birth of unwanted kittens. Reproductive, wandering and fighting behaviour in male and female cats  can expose your cat to Feline Leukaemia and Feline AIDS, both of which can lead to fatal illnesses.

Owners should be aware that pets that are de-sexed are prone to weight gain, so you will need to monitor your pet’s daily food intake. Talk to your vet if you notice your pet putting on weight.

Call us at Sanford Veterinary Clinic to organise de-sexing your pet.   

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