Desexing or neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. In male pets it is commonly referred to as “castration”, and in female pets as “speying”.This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets and generally your pet is home by the evening of surgery.
The most common age to desex your pet is between 4 and 6 months, however, they can be done earlier than this or later in life.
There are many benefits to desexing your pet before 6 months. They include:
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- Preventing unwanted pregnancy, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and uterine diseases. Aids in preventing prostate disease in males and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females
- Stopping the “heat” cycle in females and the need to confine her during this time
- Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males
- Being less prone to wander, especially in males
- Living a longer and healthier life
- Reduction of council registration fees