Monday, August 15, 2011

August is National Desexing Month!

During National Desexing Month, vet clinics around Australia are promoting desexing and generously offering special deals to encourage desexing in July, before the spring breeding season.  The aim is to help prevent the thousands of unwanted cats and dogs which are killed in pounds and shelters each year.

RSPCA NSW is strongly supportive of desexing dogs and cats as an important way of reducing the number of unwanted pets, improving the health of individual animals, and reducing problems caused by animals in communities.

The main reason for desexing is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The RSPCA takes in 160,000 animals every year and many of these are the result of unplanned breeding. Regretfully, many have to be euthanased because there are not enough suitable homes for them to go to. Desexing can help prevent and reduce this.

Desexed animals are generally less likely to get diseases and illness such as mammary cancer and uterine infections in females and cancer and prostate problems in males.Desexing commonly reduces behaviour problems such as roaming, aggression and urine marking in males. In females it prevents mating behaviour and false pregnancy.

The RSPCA practises early age desexing from the age of eight weeks when the surgery is simple and recovery is rapid. Early age desexing is an effective way of reducing accidental pregnancy in young animals and ensuring compliance with local council desexing requirements. If your puppy or kitten was not desexed prior to sale, they must be desexed before they are able to produce any unintended litters. There is absolutely no benefit in letting females have one litter before they are desexed.

Talk to your vet about desexing, microchipping and vaccinations. They’re all important parts of being a responsible dog owner and will ensure your new best friend stays healthy and happy.

Why should you desex your pet?

- By desexing your pet you are helping to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats that end up at shelters each year.
- Desexing your pet can reduce the risk of testicular and cervical cancer, along with other reproductive related conditions.
- Pets are less prone to wander and fight.
- Unplanned and poorly planned pregnancy in pets is a major cause of animal surrender, please don't let your pet be a part of this unnecessary problem.

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