Canine Desexing

Desexing your dog

Desexing (spaying or neutering) your pet is highly recommended by our Greencross Vet. Not only are there numerous health benefits of desexing your dog, but the number of unplanned puppies and kittens ending up in animal shelters is also drastically reduced.

At what age should my pet be desexed?

The right age for desexing your pet can vary depending on their breed and size. The recommended age for desexing a dog or cat is six months. However, at Greencross Vets we know that each of our patients is unique. Our veterinary team will take into consideration everything that’s special about your pet before giving any recommendations.

There are health and behavioural benefits to having your dog desexed, but you’ll also decrease the number of unwanted puppies that find themselves homeless or in shelters across Australia, tens of thousands of which are euthanised each year.

What is desexing?

Surgical desexing involves the removal of part of a pet’s reproductive system whilst under a general anaesthetic. Desexing of females (also known as spaying or an ovarian hysterectomy) involves removing the ovaries and uterus. Desexing of males (also known as castration or neutering) involves the removal of both testicles.

Please give us call at a time that suits you so that we can discuss this in more detail and arrange an obligation free visit to confirm the ideal time to book your canine companion in for desexing.

Why your pet needs to be desexed

Across Australia, tens of thousands of dogs and cats are destroyed at animal shelters every year. The exact number is hard to determine, but some estimates exceed the hundreds of thousands. We can do better. Veterinarians recommend desexing to prevent unwanted pregnancies in females and to stop this unnecessary destruction. Desexing is especially important for cats, as it is hard to tell when she is in season. In female dogs, desexing automatically stops their cycles and the associated bleeding and unwanted attention from male dogs that result in pregnancy.

Castration in male pets helps to control several behavioural related issues. In dogs, it can prevent aggression problems and wandering instincts. It is kinder to desex your male pet to stop their hormonal drive to stray from home in search of a mate. In male cats, it can reduce the tendency to roam and fight which often leads to injuries, abscesses, and infection.

In both cats and dogs, male urine odour can be particularly strong and pungent. Desexing usually prevents this odour, and in most cases, desexing will reduce or eliminate spraying in cats.

Please contact your local Greencross Vets today to discuss desexing your pet dog.