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Desexing your pet can help resolve unwanted behaviour

Posted by Larissa Huxley on 14 April 2023
Desexing your pet can help resolve unwanted behaviour

Did you know that desexing your pet can help resolve unwanted behaviour?
Unwanted behaviours such as:

  • mounting
  • urine spraying and ejaculation or menstruation
  • roaming and trying to escape
  • aggression and resource guarding (towards either other animals or humans who will be viewed as 'obstacles' in the aggressive animal's path)
  • bullheadedness and/or dominance (which make males particularly difficult to control and train)

These can all be reduced if not eliminated due to decreased hormone levels.

Other Desexing Benefits

  • Longer life expectancy in dogs and cats (from 1-3 years)
  • Early spaying significantly reduces the risk of development of mammary tumours in female dogs
  • Pyometra, uterine cancer, ovarian, prostate and testicular cancers are prevented
  • Decreases unwanted litters and strays in local shelters and pounds
  • Any healthy pet can be desexed at any age after 8 weeks if no foreseeable risks are projected for the recovery process
  • Reduced council registration fees

Desexing Myths

  • Desexing your pet does not destroy his "manhood" or her "maternal instincts". Both spaying and neutering involve removing the sex hormone-secreting tissues that produce eostrogen, progesterone and testosterone, therefore removing the instincts for sexual behaviour.  Oxytocin is the behavioural hormone responsible for manliness and maternal instinct as it contributes to social behaviour and the creation of emotional bonds.
  • The operation to spay or neuter your pet is a surgery performed by a veterinarian using general anaesthesia.  Desexing surgeries are priced and performed based on the type of procedure required, the weight and age of the animal. Desexing females is called spaying and includes the removal of the pet's uterus and ovaries. The surgery to desex males is called neutering or castration where the testicles are removed.

Please consider booking a consultation with your vet to see if desexing is right for your pet.

Your veterinarian can provide you with a specific quote that is designed for your pet's age, weight, breed and their costs and vet experience. Some vets will also provide payment plans to assist with payment.


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Larissa HuxleyAuthor:Larissa Huxley
About: Born in Townsville, my love for animals stems back as far as I can remember. I was always the one in school that would try to save the hornet that the other kids were trying to kill. As a child, I was horse mad. However, I soon discovered that a dog could sleep next to you whereas a horse couldn't. Thus, these days, dogs are my favourite animals due to their loving, loyal, forgiving and protective nature. In my spare time (of which I don't have much), I like to play scrabble and get into my garden. I also try to spend as much time with my best friend as I can, enjoying food and wine and partaking in the occasional sing-along.
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