De-sexing or neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. It is commonly referred to as "castration" in males and "speying" in female pets. De-sexing is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and generally, your pet is home by the evening of surgery.
The most common age to de-sex your pet is between 6 and 9 months; however, they are never too old to be de-sexed.
There are many benefits to de-sexing your pet before. They include:
- Preventing unwanted litters', which can be very costly. Having your pet sterilised reduces the number of stray animals.
- Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males can help prevent pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females.
- Stopping the “heat” cycle in females.
- Decreases possible aggression aimed towards humans and other animals, especially other males
- Being less prone to wander, especially in males.
- They are less prone to wander the suburbs, especially males.
- Reduction of council registration fees.