July is National Desexing Month. It is during this month that pet owners are reminded of the importance of desexing their pet if they are not being kept for breeding purposes.
Not only is desexing a pet the responsible choice as it prevents unwanted litters and overpopulation, but it also helps avoid large vet bills associated with the health complications that could arise from an undersexed pet.
This routine procedure is performed under general anaesthetic by a veterinary surgeon and in most cases your furry friend can go home a few hours after the procedure is completed. It typically takes dogs and cats about two weeks to completely heal from the procedure. It is recommended that pet owners get their pet desexed at a young age (typically before they turn one) so pet owners can manage any problem behaviours and assure the longevity of their pet’s overall health.
The National Desexing Network (NDN’S) has outlined the many benefits of desexing your pet. Here are some:
- Reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs, such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer/disorders in males, and cystic ovaries, ovarian tumours, acute uterine infections and breast cancer in females, and also other diseases like mammary cancer, perianal tumours and perianal hernias.
- Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding.
- Pets generally live longer and healthier lives.
- Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost or injured.
- Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors.
- Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours. They become more affectionate and become better companions.
- Eliminates “heat” cycles in female cats and their efforts to get outside in search of a mate.
- Eliminates male dogs’ urge to “mount” people’s legs.
- Reduces the cost to the community of having to care for unwanted puppies and kittens in pounds and shelters.
- No additional food or vet bills for the offspring.
- No need to find homes for unwanted or unexpected litters of puppies or kittens.
- Save money from expensive surgeries from car accidents or fights, which are less likely to occur if your pet doesn’t roam around.
- Dumping puppies and kittens is an ethical cost, as well as being illegal and inhumane.
- The price of desexing is more affordable to those in financial need with the assistance of various local organisations
Desexing your pet is a permanent procedure that cannot be reversed. If you are thinking about desexing your pet, it is best to consult your local veterinarian.