If you thought 'de-sexing' your pet was just something to do 'in case your dog or cat got out' think again. There are so many health reasons to consider and in the long run it will also save you money!
Apart from the fact many vets now offer discounted de-sexing during the month of July, Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia is encouraging pet owners to 'have the conversation' about de-sexing pets.
Especially males who are often reluctant to see their 'boys' lose their 'boy bits!...
We also asked Greencross vet Dr Erin Keffard to outline some of the other health reasons we should all be de-sexing our pets. Read Nadia's blog here or listen to the podcast below.
Scroll down for more information from the National Desexing Network!
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BENEFITS OF DESEXING - thanks to the National Desexing Network
There are many reasons why pet owners should desex their pets. As well as helping to stop pet overpopulation, the following are some of the other benefits associated with desexing cats and dogs.
- Reduced risk of getting cancer or 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 if continually breeding.
- Pets generally live longer and healthier lives.
- Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost or injured.
- Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors.
- Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviors. They become more affectionate and become 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.
- 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.
- The price of desexing is more affordable to those in financial need with the assistance of organisations such as NDN.