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Should I Desex My Pet?

Deciding on whether to have your pet desexed or not is a question that every pet parent asks. At Greencross Vets we do recommend that all pets be desesxed. Not only are there are a number of health benefits but having your pet desexed also decreases the number of unwanted puppies and kittens that find themselves homeless or in shelters across Australia. 

What age should I desex my pet?

The correct age for desexing can vary depending on the breed and size of your pet and your lifestyle.   The current recommended age for desexing a dog or cat is six months, however at Greencross Vets we believe that each of our patients is unique and the decision of when to desex your pet should be made in partnership with your veterinary team.   
 

What does the desexing surgery involve? 

The procedure itself involves the removal of the reproductive organs, and for both males and females there are many medical benefits.
 
Females
In females, desexing (also known as spaying) reduces the risk of mammary tumours, and eliminates the risk of tumours in the ovaries, uterus and cervix, and prevents other medical conditions such as pyometra. 
 
Males
In males, desexing (which is also knows as neutering), reduces the risk of prostatic diseases, perianal tumours and eliminates the risk of testicular cancers.
 
 
Not only are there medical benefits to having your pet desexed but it can also reduce some behavioural problems such as certain types of aggression and urine marking. Desexed pets are also less prone to wander, and as a result are less likely to get lost, injured or end up at a shelter. Another important reason to consider having your pet desexed is that it prevents accidental pregnancies, thus decreasing the large amount of unwanted puppies and kittens that find themselves in shelters across Australia.
 
Desexing is an important part of being a responsible pet owner and it’s essential for your pet’s health and wellbeing. For more information on the benefits of desexing, 
 
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