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Healthy Pets - Desexing

If your pet is not desexed and is likely to come into contact with other undesexed males or females during breeding season, be a responsible pet owner and decide NOT to have "just one litter" and have your pet desexed. You can obtain advice about desexing animals from your local vet or call the RSPCA, AWL.

Studies have shown that desexing provides a number of healthy benefits for your dog or cat.

Desexing your dog is an effective safety measure to ensure that you are not responsible for unwanted puppies that often end up in our pounds and shelters. Many of these cute little fur balls are the result of their owners being slow off the mark in having their pets desexed.

Desexed dogs or cats can live longer, healthier lives

Desexing female dogs and cats eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and endometritis (pyometra) - a very common complaint in older un-desexed bitches

Reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly if you desex your pet before it's first oestrous cycle

Desexing male dogs reduces the annoying and embarrassing urge of the dog to "mount" children's and adult's legs

It eliminates sexual frustration - a male who senses a female dog on heat nearby can become destructive in it's attempt to get to the dog. Doors can be scratched, holes dug in the yard and the dog can even attempt to jump the fence or through glass doors

Desexing females eliminates the frantic pacing and crying that can occur ( cats can be particularly vocal)

Desexed dogs or cats are less likely to show dominance or aggression

Desexing your pet ensures you don't have to worry about what to do with unwanted litters

The biggest behavioural effect of castration is the reduction in roaming. Roaming behaviour is reduced in 90 percent of male dogs after castration.

Desexing also greatly reduces aggression of one male dog towards another male and reduces ‘leg lifting’ (urine marking) behaviour.

Desexing will also reduce undesirable sexual behaviours such, as mounting and masturbation.

Desexing also eliminates the occurrence of ‘false pregnancies’ - a common problem in female dogs - and she will not develop potential life-threatening but all-too-common infections of the reproductive tract.

Your dog’s personality, intelligence, or activity will not be affected by spaying. It is a myth that female dogs should be allowed one litter, or one heat period before spaying. In fact, it increases the risk of mammary cancer. Some dogs put on weight after the operation. Feeding the correct amount of an appropriate diet, and exercise, will ensure your dog does not become overweight.

Your lifetime registration costs are considerably cheaper. Under the new Companion Animals Act you must get your existing dog micro-chipped and registered for life by July 2002. All cats should be registered and collared. A desexed cat or dog costs just $35 for lifetime registration. Un-desexed cats and dogs cost $100 for lifetime registration.

Should the above not convince you here are some more items to consider
Is your dog breeding quality? Is your dog a purebred? Did you get your dog from a breeder? Did you get a 3 - 5 generation pedigree with your dog? Are there at least 4 titled dogs in the last 3 generations? Does your dog have a stable temperament? Does your dog fit the breed standard? Is your dog healthy and certified free of genetic diseases? If you answered yes to all of the above then you have a dog of breeding quality. However, if you are not showing or working your dog, think very carefully about your reason for breeding. Breeding should be done to improve the breed, not so the kids can see puppies being born, or because you want a puppy from her. Never breed to make money selling puppies! Don't breed out of greed!

Are you prepared in case the delivery has complications or the puppies sac hasn't burst? Will you know what to do ? Are you prepared for the extra costs? Do you have the resources and lifestyle to provide extra bedding, nutritional preparations - available through the day for 8 weeks of regular feedings, weaning, mite & worming treatments, vaccinations, micro-chipping, health & sanitation procedures-cleaning up lots of puppy wees & poops, housetraining, socialization program - to help avoid behavioural problems in the future, network to refer groomers, puppy preschools, trainers etc, can you and your family cope with caring for barking, squealing, demanding puppies that can't leave their mum till they are 8 weeks of age. Do you offer a guarantee that if the new home doesn't work out that your puppy will always have a home with you?

If you are still not convinced before you breed please go to a animal shelter and watch a puppy being euthanised.


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