Desexing involves the surgical removal of part of the reproductive organs of male and female pets. In males, desexing is also known as neutering or castration and in females it is also known as spaying. There are many advantages to having your pet spayed or neutered. It is one way you can help keep your pet healthy and avoid an unexpected litter but did you know there are also many health and behavioural benefits to having your pet desexed?
Benefits of desexing in females:
1. Mammary tumours are much less likely. This is true regardless of the age at desexing, but if she is desexed before her first heat cycle the risk of developing it is virtually 0%. Her risk of mammary tumours increases after having a heat cycle.
2. Infection of the uterus (pyometra) is prevented. This is a fatal condition if left untreated and it requires them to be spayed at a time when they are severely ill.
3. Preventing unwanted pregnancy. This can save lives as many animal shelters are full to capacity. This can also help save you time and money as an unexpected pregnancy may need an emergency caesarean delivery, or you may need to help bottle feed her pups.
4. Your pet will not cycle. This will keep you from having to clean up drops of blood from all over your house and will keep unwanted male dogs away, as her being on heat will attract male dogs from miles away.
5. Cats in heat constantly vocalise and try to escape at night.
Benefits of desexing in males:
1. It can help prevent aggression.
2. The need to roam and escape the yard to search for a mate is eliminated. This will keep them safe from being hit by a car or getting into a fight.
3. Lifting their leg to urinate on most things to mark their territory is reduced and spraying in male cats is reduced.
4. Eliminates risk of testicular cancer.
5. Prostatic disease is greatly reduced.
6. Prevents perianal adenomas, which are benign growths around the rectum that develop from the excess hormones.
Desexing is usually performed from the age of five months onwards. Older animals still derive benefits from desexing, although the benefits are more effective if it is carried out at a younger age.
We are happy to answer any of your questions about the procedure. Please contact the clinic to book in with myself or Dr. Mel on 56657116.