Desexing has many benefits for dogs. The only real issue about desexing is the ‘ouch factor’ which occurs in humans, when owners identify all too closely with their pet getting ‘the snip’! On behalf of your animal companion be brave and consider the advantages of desexing-
- the risk of diseases such as mammary, uterine and ovarian cancer in females and prostate and testicular cancer in males is significantly reduced
- desexed males are likely to live longer – they are not exposed to the risks involved in roaming in search of a female in season
- aggression can be reduced – dominant or difficult dogs often calm down
- dogs are cheaper to register with local councils if they are desexed
- Desexing your animal actually saves lives as there is already a surplus of unwanted animals. Thousands of dogs and cats are put down every year in Tasmania because they are surplus to requirements. People who allow their companion animals to breed could inadvertently be responsible for the deaths of these innocent animals.
Being responsible pet owners means having our animal companions desexed.