What is de-sexing?
De-sexing is a surgical procedure that removes a section of an animals reproductive system. In males its called a castration or neutering and in females its called spaying or an ovarian hysterectomy.
Some pet owners find making the decision to sterilise their pet quite difficult. People often think it will change their pets character, well we are here to tell you this is not true. Your pet may quieten down but they will still have quite a personality. The medical risks associated with not desexing your pet far out way any other concerns.
What age should I have my pet de-sexed?
We recommend de-sexing between 4-6 months of age. De-sexing your pet early can be more beneficial and hassle free than waiting till after they are 6 months of age.
What are the medical risks associated with NOT de-sexing my pet?
- Risk of cancers or other diseases associated with the reproductive organs such as, cystic ovaries, ovarian tumours, mammary cancer, uterine infections and perianal tumours. When females do come into season this can be very uncomfortable and physically draining.
- Prostate cancer, testicular cancer
Both female and male pets that aren’t desexed are more likely to develop issues with dominance, disobedience, urination marking, aggression, wandering and mounting people or other dogs.
Every day puppies and kittens are found abandoned because someone is unable to care for them. Pregnant female cats and dogs are also found roaming around for the same reason. Pregnancy in pets is much more involved than people think. It may seem all very exciting to have some new babies in the house, but if you have not made the correct preparations such as finances, adequate nutrition for a lactating female and after care for the puppies including vaccinations, worming and flea prevention then we highly recommend not getting your female pet pregnant.
Registration costs can be costly if your pet is not de-sexed.
Some male pets present with retained testicles, this is called cryptorchidism.
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Dr David Fowler discusses the significant and varied health benefits that come with de-sexing your pet, and although it can be a difficult decision to make, it really is important that when pet owners do decide that they are well informed.
Dr Cathy Birch explains that anal glands (or anal sacs) are small pouches located between the anal sphincter muscles inside the anus of your pet.
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