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Desexing your pet is important
It’s equally important to desex both male and female pets – it can improve their overall health and behaviour.
Desexing your pet also prevents unplanned breeding and unwanted litters of animals. Desexing pets helps to reduce the number of homeless animals in shelters, pounds or animal rescue groups.
When to desex your pet
Cats and dogs can reach sexual maturity and have babies from as early as four months. Most cats can be safely desexed from four months of age and most dogs from six months of age.
Many people wait too long to get their pet desexed, so talk to your vet about the best time to desex your animal. Being proactive is essential to protect your pet and help prevent unwanted and homeless animals.
There are many benefits of desexing, including healthier pets
and long-term money savings. The choice to desex means:
Busting the myths
DESEXING MYTH 1
“It will change my pet’s personality” – desexing will not negatively change your pet’s personality. It may even have a positive impact by reducing aggression, the desire to roam, and urine spraying (cats only).
DESEXING MYTH 2
“My pet should have at least one litter” – there is no truth in this whatsoever. All it does is make sure that there are puppies or kittens looking for homes.
DESEXING MYTH 3
“Desexing can negatively impact their health” – desexing your pet can reduce the risk of some forms of cancer and other diseases. These include urine infections, mammary and ovarian cancer in females and perineal hernias, testicular and prostate cancer in males.
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