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Desexing your Pet!


Desexing, also known as spaying (for females) or neutering (for males), is an important procedure for many reasons:-

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1.      Population control:  Desexing helps to reduce the number of unwanted animals.  This is particularly crucial for cats and dogs, as there are already many homeless animals in animal rescue shelters, on the streets or being surrendered.


2.      Health benefits: Desexing can have several health benefits for both male and female animals.  It can reduce the risk of certain cancers, such as mammary tumours in female dogs and cats.  Helps with testicular cancer in male dogs as well as assist with prevention of reproductive system infections and other reproductive-related issues.

3.      Behavioural improvements:  Desexing  can help mitigate certain behavioural problems in  animals. For example, it can reduce aggression, roaming tendencies and the urge to mark territory with urine spraying.  It can also help prevent behaviours associated with mating such as excessive vocalisation or attempts to escape.


4.      Responsible pet ownership: Desexing is an essential part of responsible pet ownership.  By having your pet desexed you are taking a proactive step to prevent unwanted litters and contribute to the overall welfare of animals.

5. On the Sunshine Coast registration of a desexed dog or cat is cheaper.

Maybe worth checking your local council?


If you choose not to desex your pet, there are several potential consequences to consider.  These include:-

1.      Contributing to the pet overpopulation.  Too many unwanted pets are surrendered daily to an animal rescue. 

2.      Increased risks of health issues

3.      Behavioural problems



Desexing is a surgical procedure performed by a vet to remove the reproductive organs of an animal.  In females it involves removing the ovaries and usually the uterus while in males it involves removing the testicles.



Desexing can indeed be a significant upfront cost, but it is important to consider the long-term benefits and potential cost savings associated with the procedure. You can potentially prevent healthy cost issues down the track.

If cost issues are a concern, there are often low-cost desexing options available through some vet clinics.  Several local councils potentially can offer financial assistance programs. 

Maybe choose a pet that needs a loving and caring home through a local animal rescue.  Usually, these animals have already been desexed and the animal rescue seeks a small fee for the animal you have decided to adopt.

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There are several myths and misconceptions surrounding desexing that can lead to confusion or hesitation about the procedure. 


Some common myths include:-


1.       Desexing will make my pet fat:  Whilst desexing can slight affect metabolism, a proper diet and exercise can help prevent weight gain.

2.      Desexing will change my pet’s personality: Desexing can help reduce certain behaviours like roaming, aggression, and marking territory but it should not drastically change your pet’s fundamental personality.

3.      My pet should have a litter before desexing:  There is no medical benefit to allowing your pet to have a litter before desexing.  In fact, desexing before the first heat cycle can have health benefits

4.      Desexing is a dangerous procedure: Desexing is a common routine surgical procedure performed by vets with minimal risks.

It is important to consult with a vet to discuss the appropriate time for desexing your pet as it can vary depending on the species, breed and individual animal.  They will be able to provide you with specific information and guidance tailored to your pet’s needs.

All 4 Paws Animal Rescue dogs and cats are desexed, vaccinated and microchipped before they are adopted or fostered. Current dogs and cats looking for their fur ever homes are on our website. "Like" our Facebook page for all updates.

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