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Why should I have my pet desexed?

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Last updated: 27 Jan, 2016
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Desexing is an effective strategy to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The RSPCA receives over 125,000 animals every year and many of these unwanted animals are the result of unplanned breeding.

Research also shows that desexed animals can actually live longer. Desexed animals are generally less likely to get diseases and certain illnesses such as mammary cancer and uterine infections in females 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. Reducing the desire to roam also reduces the risk of being in fights or a traumatic accident such as being hit by a car.

The RSPCA practises early age desexing from the age of eight weeks when the surgery is simple and recovery is rapid. Desexing, prior to sexual maturity, is an effective strategy for reducing the number of unwanted cats and dogs in the community and ensuring compliance with 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 pet owner and will ensure your new best friend stays healthy and happy.

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Also read
folder RSPCA Policy A01 Responsible companion animal ownership
folder RSPCA Policy A07 Companion animal management
folder Is calcium chloride used to desex male dogs and cats in Australia?

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folder Companion animals -> Pocket pets, birds and exotics
folder Companion animals -> Dogs -> Desexing
folder Companion animals -> Cats -> Desexing

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