July is national de-sexing month
Desexing is part of responsible pet ownership and there are several health and behavioural benefits for both genders.
As cute as puppies and kittens are (they certainly are adorable), homeless and neglected animals are a serious issue in today’s society. There are many proposed mathematical equations that can suggest the potential reproductive power of an adult cat or dog. It’s suggested that in just two years one female cat and her offspring can produce around 20,000 kittens, and in only five years, one female dog and her offspring can produce approximately 20,000 puppies. But….no matter how the math is done there are too many pets and too few homes. Many of these puppies and kittens become unwanted and they end up in shelters or are either just dumped to fend for themselves, often suffering from severe disease and starvation. Once in shelters many never find forever homes due to overcrowding and the strain on shelter resources.
Need a little more convincing?
Desexing your pet can prevent life threating infections and reduces risk of serious health problems.
Current recommendations are to have both genders de-sexed around 6 months of age. Hence female cats and dogs are desexed prior to their first heat. This eliminates the risk of a condition called pyometra, a life threatening infection of the uterus and also the development of mammary tumours is virtually eliminated if done prior to the first heat. Neither coming into season nor having a litter has been linked with personality and or behavioural changes that would not have otherwise occurred in normal development. In males the risk of testicular tumours is eliminated and reduces the risk of painful conditions such as infection and enlargement of the prostate and perianal hernias.
Still need a little more convincing?
Desexing can help reduce and eliminate unwanted behaviours. Desexing only affects the behaviours in your pet that are influenced by the sex hormones which are often those behaviours that are far less than desirable. It does not affect their playfulness, friendliness, and socialization with humans. Rather it has effect on virtually eliminating their interest in roaming and wandering to find a desirable mate as well as reducing the unwanted arrival of cats and dogs at your property that have been attracted by intact animals. This then in turn reduces the likelihood of pets becoming lost, getting hurt in fights or sustaining injuries from other traumas such as being hit by a car, not to mention the unforeseen costs associated with pound pickups. Desexing reduces sexual behaviours such as urination and marking, inappropriate aggression (if trained to do so they will still defend owners and territory), mounting, vocalising, and also eliminates inconvenient bleeding and discharge in female dogs, unwanted pregnancies and sometimes the high unforeseen costs and time associated with problematic births, C-sections and nursing puppies. Desexed pets are often more focused and less stressed as the innate instinct to reproduce is gone and with this desire removed training and reinforcing the desirable behaviours is made easier.
Overall desexing has many health and behavioural benefits that can lead to longer, healthier, safer and less stressful lives for our pets. In support of National Desexing Month, at The Pines Vet we're offering 15% off all our Desexing procedures for the month of July when you mention either our ad on Facebook or this blog.