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  Desexing your cat or dog
  This page provides professional vet medical advice on ALL aspects of animal health, including reproduction. Kids, please ask an adult to help you with this section.

Petsonthenet, SPCA and pretty much every animal welfare organisation/shelter we know of in New Zealand strongly advocate desexing of your pets....NZ Vet Association advocates the early desexing of companion pets

Why your cat or dog (female OR male) should be desexed

Prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Unwanted kittens and puppies are very hard to rehome!

Decrease unwanted homeless stray cat and dog population problem. 

There are too many pets in NZ and not enough homes.
Pets are dying for lack of a home...Breeding yet more when we already kill those we can't rehome is totally irresponsible. Whilst you may manage to rehome your kittens or puppies, in the meantime thousands of pets are dying in shelters NZ wide each year, simply for lack of a home...There are only so many homes for pets in NZ and sadly there are far too many pets and just not enough homes. Every puppy or kitten you allow your pet to breed, steals a place and the chance of life from a pet already waiting, often on limted time, before they will be euthanised in a shelter for lack of a home.

Eliminate hormonal behaviour, such as aggression, spraying to mark territory (male and female), bleeding every six months for female dogs when in oestrus (on heat), escape attempts from your property in order to mate.

Prevents false pregnancies, which can be very deceptive, lengthy and difficult to manage and resolve. 

Prevents infection of the uterus (pyometra)
. This can cause septicaemia and septic shock, potentially leading to death or fatal irreversible kidney failure.

Desexed pets
tend to live longer, healthier lives. Desexed pets can't get cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs such as testicular tumours, cystic ovaries, ovarian tumours or acute or chronic uterine infections.  Desexed animals are also at far less risk of mammary cancer, prostate diseases, perianal tumours and perianal hernias. There will never be a risk of pregnancy complications.

Desexed pets are vastly easier to rehome than those who are not.

Desexed pets are far less likely to wander and get lost.
At least 85% of the pets reported as found/stray on Petsonthenet by Auckland SPCA are NOT desexed...

Desexed pets are far less of a target to dog fighters and dog stealers.
Desexing helps take the target off their head!

Desexed pets are fair less likely to fight and be injured in fights ( = expensive vet bills)

Desexed dogs are usually cheaper to register, saving money

The earlier your dog is desexed, the less it will cost as it is often based on weight

What is desexing?
Desexing (spaying, neutering, fixing,
sterilising) is a surgical procedure that sterilises the male, or female, pet ie cat, dog, rabbit so that they cannot reproduce young

When should your cat or dog be desexed
Kitty Cat Fixers say it perfectly..."
Cats can start having litters at just four months old!  So the standard recommendation is to spay or neuter by 4 months old – between 12-16 weeks for a girl and 12-20 weeks for a boy).  Kittens should weigh at least 1kg.

Dogs can start having litters of puppies at very young ages too and sometimes they can have 12 or 13 puppies in just one litter!  Do you seriously know that many people who could give a home to one of those puppies?  I don’t. Again, spay and neuter by 4-6 months old.

Having said this, there are still some veterinarians around who prefer not to sterilize until animals are older.  If you encounter this, make a few phone calls to other vets in your area – most will agree that early fixing is the answer."

Vet Steve Merchant says "The younger a female dog is desexed, the less developed the reproductive tract is, and the safer, more simple and less complicated, less risky and less lengthy the surgical procedure is. So 4-6 months is ideal. A female dog can be spayed pregnant but there are safety and ethical considerations associated with this".

How is desexing done?
Your pet will be desexed whilst
anesthetised by a veterinarian. Click here to find out how a female dog is desexed, explained by vet Steve Merchant


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microchipped, vacinnated, wormed
deflad etc at a fraction of the cost
 it would cost at a vet.


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