Desexing your pet

There are countless reasons why pet owners should desex their pets. As well as helping to stop pet overpopulation, here are some of the other benefits associated with desexing cats and dogs.

Health

  • Reduced risk of cancer and other diseases of the reproductive organs, such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer/disorders in males, and cystic ovaries, ovarian tumors, acute uterine infections and breast cancer in females, and also other diseases like mammary cancer, perianal tumors and perianal hamias
  • Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion from continually breeding
  • Desexed pets generally live longer and healthier lives

Behavioural

  • Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost and/or injured
  • Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors
  • Less likely to develop anti-social behaviours. They become more affectionate and better companions
  • Eliminates "heat" cycles in female cats and their efforts to get outside in search for a mate
  • Eliminates male dogs’ urge to "mount" people’s legs

Cost

  • Most Queensland Councils offer significantly cheaper registration fees for desexed animals
  • 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

If your pet is not desexed, please contact your vet to discuss this further.