July 17, 2016
We are halfway through National Desexing Month and we thought it might be a good idea to run through the benefits of desexing your pets. Not only does opting to castrate or spey your pet help control the issue of overpopulation, but it also provides both health and behavioral advantages to both you and your beloved companions. You may not know this but it also provides cost benefits to your community.
Did you know that more than 250,000 cats and dogs are put to sleep each year simply due to the fact that there are no homes available for them? (Brown, R 2010) Unexpected litters are often unwanted and finding homes for them can be extremely difficult. The result is a contribution to the number of puppies and kittens that end up in shelters and pounds across the country. Providing shelter, food and adequate care to support these abandoned animals places an extreme financial burden on local communities. Offspring that are kept require necessary nutritional and veterinary care which can also be costly to the owner.
Un-desexed pets can also place financial strain on their owners based on vet bills they generate from getting injured during escape attempts. Females undergo heat cycles which make them want to escape their environment to find mates. Males will also try to wander to seek out females on heat. If these pets manage to escape they are likely to end up in fights, get lost or end up in car accidents, which are emotionally and financially draining for owners. As well as this dogs and cats can develop territorial behaviors such as urinating indoors or in unwanted places. Dogs can even display undesirable behavioral traits towards their owners or other people such as mounting their legs. Generally neutered pets make better and more affectionate companions.
Choosing to desex your companion also increases your pets’ chances of living a longer and healthier life. Removal of their reproductive organs reduces the risk of them getting cancers or diseases associated with these organs. What is more important than your pets’ health!? For more information go to the National Desexing Network page accessed via the following link http://www.ndn.org.au/benefits-of-desexing.html or feel free to call the clinic on 5429 5711 and have a chat to our friendly staff and take advantage of this month’s discounts.