The benefits of desexing your pet

It goes without saying that desexing your pet is highly recommended and comes with many advantages. Desexing an animal that is free to roam outdoors prevents unwanted litters, and subsequently the number of unwanted animals that are put up for adoption or put to sleep. There are also a number of behavioural and medical benefits that accompany desexing, which every owner should be fully aware of and understand when making the decision to spay or neuter their pet. This article will outline the main benefits of desexing your furry friend.

 In general, desexing your animal dramatically reduces the risk or onset of:

  • Cancers: such as mammary, ovarian and uterine tumors in female pets and testicular tumors in male pets.
  • Prostate diseases: in male pets, which includes enlargement of the prostate, prostate cancer, formation of cysts and abscesses within the prostate tissue, and prostatitis. Clinical signs of prostate disease in your pet include lethargy, fever, weight loss, straining to urinate or defecate and presence of bloody urethral discharge; however, pets with prostate disease may be asymptomatic.
  • Pyometra: an infection of the uterus in female pets. Pyometra often occurs following numerous oestrus cycles because of hormonal changes that thicken the lining of the uterus wall to create an ideal environment for bacterial proliferation to subsequently form an infection. Two types of pyometra can occur: 1) a closed-cervix pyometra in which pus builds up within the uterus potentially causing it to rupture; or 2) an open-cervix pyometra in which pus within the cervix is discharged through the vagina. Pyometra is seen as a potentially life-threatening condition and an emergency situation. Clinical signs of pyometra include lethargy, fever, inappetence, excessive urination and thirst, and/or mucopurulent vaginal discharge.
  • Dominant or aggressive behaviour
  • Instinctive roaming: in both cats and dogs in search of a mate. This will also make their time indoors much less stressful.
  • Territorial marking in dogs or spraying in cats

Desexing procedures are very straightforward and simple, and recovery for your pet is very quick! Pets can be desexed from the age of four months. At Reservoir Veterinary Clinic, we provide a post-operative checks three days and ten days following the desexing procedure to ensure your pet is happy and healthy.

If you have any other questions or wanted to book your pet in for desexing, don’t hesitate to ask one of our receptionists at Reservoir Veterinary Clinic (03) 9471 0155.