Desexing your pet is highly recommended and can have both health and behavioural benefits.
The surgery involves for males (castration), removing the testicles and for females (Spaying), removing the ovaries and uterus under general anaesthetic.
Benefits of Spaying:
- Less likely to develop mammary tumours and uterine infections (pyometra)
Benefits of Castration:
- Less likely to develop prostate problems, perianal tumours, and testicular tumours
- Castrating a male cat can reduce them roaming and spraying, which can in turn reduce cat bite abscess from fighting. There are also behavioural benefits such as preventing male cats from spraying and preventing male dogs attempting to escape their homes to reach nearby females on heat.
- Castration can also help reduce dominance aggression problems in dogs and reduce wandering instincts if there is a female dog nearby on heat. It can also reduce the greasiness of skin and thus some infections.
Desexing may also prevent any hereditary diseases from being passed on.
Females can be spayed from 6 months. Males can be castrated from 5-6 months