Did you know that desexing your pet can help resolve unwanted behaviour?
Unwanted behaviours such as:
o urine spraying and ejaculation or menstruation
o roaming and trying to escape
o aggression and resource guarding (towards either other animals or humans who will be viewed as 'obstacles' in the aggressive animal's path)
o bullheadedness and/or dominance (which make males particularly difficult to control and train)
can all be reduced if not eliminated due to decreased hormone levels.
a) 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
Overpopulation 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
b) 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 estrogen, 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 testicals are removed.
Please consider booking a consultation with your vet to see if desexing is right for your pet.
Below is a selection of a few Townsville veterinary offices and surgeries that may be helpful to you when making the decision to desex your pet.
Hammet Street Vet
Kings Road Veterinary Surgery
RIVC- Ross Island Vet Clinic
Townsville Vet Clinic
4 Paws Vets
Western Suburbs Vet
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.