Desexing or neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. In male pets it is commonly referred to as “castration”, and in female pets as “speying”. This is the most frequent surgery performed by our veterinarians, and generally your pet is home by the evening of surgery.
Depending on the breed, behaviour, musculoskeletal development of the dog, will determine what the best age will be to desex your dog.
Cats, male or female, can be desexed as long as they are over 1 kg. Cats are required to be desexed by 16 weeks of age to comply with council regulations to prevent an annual breeding permit fee.
There are many benefits to desexing your pet before. They include:
- Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year
- Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, and it can help prevent pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females
- Stopping the “heat” cycle in females
- Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males
- Being less prone to wander, especially in males
- Reduction of council registration fees