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Did you know that in five years, one female dog and its offspring can produce approximately 20,000 puppies? In only two years, one female cat and its offspring can produce approximately 20,000 kittens!

So what happens to all of these puppies and kittens?

Many don’t end up finding homes. They end up in pounds, shelters or dumped. Many become strays and are easy targets for cruelty. Regretfully, many of those in pounds and shelters are put down because there just aren’t enough homes for them, or the treatment they have received whilst living as a stray makes them unable to be rehomed.

Unwanted puppies and kittens can suffer an awful life of starvation, disease, lack of shelter and love, abuse and continue the cycle of overbreeding.

Most of us think puppies and kittens are really cute, but the bottom line is too many end up unwanted.

The cost of preventing our pets from producing so many unwanted offspring by desexing them is a bargain compared to the cost of providing food, shelter and ongoing care whilst trying to rehome all of the unwanted puppies and kittens.

It’s every pet owner’s responsibility to make sure their cat or dog is desexed, regardless of whether it is male or female. For both males and females, the operation is quick and recovery is only a few days. Your pet can be desexed from two to three months of age.

Speak with one of our veterinary hospitals in regards to desexing your pet.

What are the benefits of desexing my pet?

Desexing means that your pet:

  • has less risk of getting cancer (mammary cancer in females, testicular cancer in males)
  • is less at risk of having prostate problems if male
  • is less at risk of getting uterine infections if female
  • won’t suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion associated with continually breeding
  • will generally live a longer and healthier life
  • will be less prone to wander, fight or get lost or injured whilst looking for a mate
  • is likely be calmer
  • is likely to be more affectionate
  • won’t be as aggressive
  • is less likely to urine mark or spray (which has a very pugent odour) to claim territory and attract mates
  • will not attract male dogs or cats to your property, which would otherwise be responding to the mating calls of your pet

Depending on your location, your local council may require you to desex your pet by law.

Why does the RSPCA advocate early age desexing?

Traditionally, veterinarians have recommended that cats and dogs are desexed between about five and a half, and six months of age. But over the past decade, desexing at an earlier age (from eight weeks onwards) has become more common. This is known as Early Age Desexing or EAD.

The RSPCA has been desexing kittens and puppies in its shelters at this earlier age for many years, and based on this experience and the cumulation of considerable scientific evidence, the RSPCA considers EAD to be a safe and effective strategy for the wider community to prevent unplanned/unwanted litters in cats and dogs.

If you want to know more about EAD and the evidence of the risks and benefits associated with this procedure, see the RSPCA Australia Research Report on Early Age Desexing.

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How you can help

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