Desexing is a routine procedure that involves removing reproductive organs under general anaesthetic to prevent pregnancies and decrease the risk of cancers. In male cats it is also helpful to decrease urine spraying. In females the procedure is called a spay, and in males is called a castration. At our clinic we desex pets from as young as 5-6 months of age.
Some common desexing myths:
– Allowing a dog or cat to have their first heat or have one litter is better for them. There is no scientific evidence to support this, if your pet is desexed prior to their first season it can eliminate unwanted pregnancies, infections and some cancers.
– Desexing will make my pet fat. Generally desexing is performed toward the end of a puppies growth phase at an age when metabolism is slowing. Overfeeding and lack of exercise are the cause of obese pets, not desexing.
Desexing can also improve temperaments, reduce accidents due to wandering and fighting and reduces council registration costs.