Benefits of De-Sexing
There are many reasons why pet owners should de-sex their pets. As well as helping to stop pet overpopulation, the following are some of the other benefits associated with de-sexing cats and dogs.
- Reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs, such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer/disorders in males, and cystic ovaries, ovarian tumors, acute uterine infections and breast cancer in females, and also other diseases like mammary cancer, perianal tumours and perianal hamias.
- Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding.
- Pets generally live longer and healthier lives.
- Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost or injured.
- Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors.
- Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours. They become more affectionate and become better companions.
- Eliminates “heat” cycles in female cats and their efforts to get outside in search for a mate.
- Eliminates male dogs’ urge to “mount” people’s legs.
Cats can fall pregnant while still lactating. No one likes to think of kittens just like these being put to sleep, for no reason other than there is no home for them, but this is what happens everyday all over the world.
- Reduces the cost to the community of having to care for unwanted puppies and kittens in pounds and shelters.
- No additional food or vet bills for the offspring.
- No need to find homes for unwanted or unexpected litters of puppies or kittens.
- Save money from expensive surgeries from car accidents or fights, which are less likely to occur if your pet doesn’t roam around.
- Dumping puppies and kittens is an ethical cost, as well as being illegal and inhumane.
- The price of de-sexing is more affordable to those in financial need with the assistance of organisations such as the National De-sexing Network
- Before considering owning a companion animal, factor in the cost of de-sexing (a one-off cost).
*Euthanasia derived from the Greek words “eu” (good) and “thanatos” (death): Humane way of dealing with unwanted animals in pounds world-wide.
*Approximately 260 000 cats and dogs are put to sleep every year in Australia, 60 000 in NSW. These are deaths that could be prevented if humans took responsibility and spayed their pets at a young age.
Dogs end up in pounds and shelters because of unwanted pregnancies. Unfortunately there are just not enough homes for all the unwanted litters.