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All You Need To Know About Desexing Female Dogs

The RSPCA receives over 125,000 animals every year. Unfortunately, many of these are unwanted animals due to unplanned breeding. This is why it is extremely important to desex your beloved pets.

Desexing not only helps to ensure unwanted and homeless animals but also help them live longer, healthier lives. It can also help your pet with behavioural issues such as aggression and they are less likely to ‘scent mark’ by urinating on certain things. Choosing to desex female dogs greatly reduces the risk of some potentially serious health problems. For example, desexed female dogs are less likely to get mammary cancer and will not get uterine infections such as pyometra.

What is Pyometra?

Pyometra is a serious and life threatening condition that must be treated promptly and aggressively. “Pyo” is a secondary infection that occurs as a result of hormonal changes in the female’s reproductive tract.

If pregnancy does not occur for several consecutive estrus cycles, the uterine lining continues to increase in thickness. This may form cysts within the uterine tissues. The thickened, cystic lining secretes fluids that create an ideal environment for bacterial growth.

Interesting Facts About Desexing Your Pet
  1. Desexed pets are not aware of their loss of sexuality
  2. Desexed pets do not become fat as a result of the surgery. Overfeeding and lack of exercise are major contributors
  3. Desexing is the safest, surest, most effective and inexpensive form of contraception
  4. Older undesexed female dogs and cats have a greater risk of uterine infection, mastitis and cancers
  5. To encourage desexing, councils offer cheaper pet registration and vets discount the surgery by up to 50%

Did You Know?

The South Australian law states that any dog or cat born after 1st July 2018 must be desexed by 6 months of age.

Book your desexing appointment with us today to help your pet live a happier and healthier life!