At Keysborough Veterinary Practice we recommend routine desexing of all pets when they are not part of planned breeding programs.
There are many benefits to desexing your pets, and many potentially expensive costs from leaving them entire. We prefer to perform desexings for both dogs and cats from 3 months of age onwards, with 4-7 months being ideal. It is a day procedure with the pet being admitted early in the morning and being discharged usually by mid afternoon.
The procedure involves a general anaesthetic and is performed with patient specific sterile surgical kits and patients are given at least 24 hours of pain relief. Additional pain relief can be arranged or requested if ongoing pain appears to be an issue.
Pets that are desexed can enjoy the following health benefits:
- Greatly reduced risk of reproductive cancers
- No unwanted pregnancies with less homeless or unwanted animals
- Less likely to escape, roam, stray and get into accidents or fights
- Cats are less likely to contract FIV due to less roaming and hence less interaction and fights with other cats
- Pyometra (uterine infection, a potentially life-threatening infection) is eliminated
- Reduce unwanted sexual behaviour
Pets that are NOT desexed may encounter the following problems
- Unwanted pregnancies, together with the inherent potential complications and costs
- Emergency caesarean surgery, costing up to $1,500 to $2,000
- Nervous mothers may not feed their offspring, requiring you to get up and feed them every two hours, including all night, for the first four weeks
- Nervous mothers will sometimes attack their offspring, injuring or even killing them
- Mastitis (infected mammary glands)which might progress to abscess formation and possible rupture of the mammary gland
- Milk fever (eclampsia-caused by low blood calcium levels), especially in small dogs, causing seizures and possible death
- Mammary cancer is very common in entire female dogs
- Testicular cancer
- Infection or enlargement or cancer of the prostate gland, or tumours of the peri-anal region
- Being ‘on heat’ and sexual behaviour. Female dogs will bleed from their vulva during their heat periods, and female cats will be extremely vocal
- Increased odour and spraying urine inside the house for males
There is NO benefit or advantage to letting your pet ‘just have one litter’ before being desexed. In fact, the reverse could be quite true with the experience not being as trouble free as you might expect.
Please contact us with any questions or for further information.