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Why you should desex your pet early

Planning on adding a bouncing baby puppy to your household? Then you should consider adding a desexing procedure to their scheduled vaccinations. This procedure has a wealth of benefits for male and female pets that goes far beyond being unable to procreate – and it’s why most vets recommend desexing. Still not convinced? Here are few reasons why it’s a good idea:

  • It’s responsible

It’s more common than you think for even the most well-behaved pet to procreate with a neighbour’s pet or even a stray. If you can’t take care of the resulting puppies or kittens yourself, you’ll have to rehome them or give them to a shelter, adding to the already high number of pets seeking homes in Australia.

  • It will happen quicker than you think

Many people put off desexing, forgetting that animals have a more accelerated lifespan than we do. Depending on the size of the pet, reproduction can occur anywhere between 4 to 15 months of age. While males can create a pregnancy at a young age with little problems, an early pregnancy in a female can damage their health in ways they might never fully recover from.

  • It makes them more domesticated

Pets that have not been desexed are more prone to wander off to find other, like-minded pets, potentially picking up sicknesses and infections as well. In males, aggressive behaviour is much more intense – as is their sometimes-embarrassing tendency to hump other pets, objects and even people’s legs.

  • It has real health benefits

Desexing drastically slashes your pet’s chance of developing tumours, cancers and diseases of the reproductive system, which is all too common in animals that have not been desexed. It also reduces infections of the urinary system and can help them reach a healthier adult weight due to delayed bone development.

How early is too early?

Most vets recommend that your pet should weigh at least one kilogram and be at least two months old (six months of age for female puppies,) before desexing takes place. The actual procedure can take place in a day and is performed while they are under anaesthesia, which means that they won’t feel a thing except for some minor pain after the event.

Your pet should be up and about in a week and ready to return to their life of chasing balls, playing fetch and begging for treats.

If you’d like more information about desexing your pet, contact us today.

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