Benefits of Desexing your Pet

Unless you are a registered breeder, it is crucial that you desex your pet. In this article, we discuss the importance of desexing your pets, both cats and dogs, as well as clearing up some common myths surrounding the issue.

Control the Animal Population

Each year, hundreds of animals are left abandoned because of unwanted pregnancies. Not every owner who finds their pet suddenly pregnant is able to care for a batch of puppies or kittens, and as such, shelters quickly fill up.

The easiest way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy with your pet is to desex them.

 

Benefits for Female Dogs

No Periods

When a female dog is desexed, she won’t experience an unwanted pregnancy. She also won’t experience periodic bleedings, which can be a hassle for you to clean up after.

Reduced Cancer Risk

One of the best benefits is that desexing your female dog will reduce and eliminate the risks of some cancers, whereas not desexing can lead to the cancers forming. These cancers include ovary and mammary cancers.

 

Benefits for Male Dogs

Desexing a male dog has several strong benefits, especially when it comes to their behaviour.

Improved Behaviour

Desexed male dogs will not be overly territorial and are less likely to urine mark, especially within their homes.

Reduces Cancer Risks

Desexing a male dog also reduces the risks for testicular and prostate cancers and infections

 

Benefits for Female Cats

As with female dogs, spaying a cat eliminates the chance of an unwanted pregnancy. Considering the fact that cats are prolific breeders and are much more likely to come into contact with other cats outdoors, this is truly for the best.

Reduces Tumours and Infections

Desexing a female cat also reduces the risk of mammary tumours, as with female dogs, and reduces the risk of developing uterus infections.

 

Benefits for Male Cats

Neutering has a positive impact upon the behavioural tendencies of males. It reduces their aggressive impulses and makes them less likely to mark their territory with urine – which includes indoor territories. Unneutered males also have a higher tendency to fight and are more susceptible to diseases and injuries from these fights.

Unneutered males are also more likely to wander further from home and become lost. However, neutered males won’t be searching for female cats in season or fight with other males over them.

 

Common Beliefs

Weight Gain

One common belief is that desexing your pet will cause weight gain. Changes in hormone levels can alter appetite and cause that. However, this can easily dealt with by adapting your pet’s diet.

Behaviour Changes

Yes, your pet’s behaviour will change. However, this will be for the better! Your pet’s behaviour will be more consistent and pleasant.

Too Young

Some people believe that their pet is too young to be desexed – although many vets recommend getting the surgery done as soon as possible. Younger pets are also able to recover from the surgery better. 

 

Consider Puppy Training

 If your puppy is still acting out after being desexed, sign them up for puppy classes in Port Kennedy, Rockingham, Baldivis, and surrounds. Our professionals can teach your puppy obedience skills, toilet training and how to be social around other pups!

If you are interested in de-sexing your pet, we are here to help. Call Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital on 08 6555 5149 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.