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July – National De-Sexing Month
For some pet owners this is an uncomfortable conversation, to snip or not to snip? The decision to desex your pet can be a very personal one. However, with the huge amount of unwanted kittens and pups being born every day, pet owners are being forced to consider their responsibility when it comes to neutering their companion animal.
“National Desexing month has been launched by NDN (National Desexing Network) and is a wonderful initiative that allows pet owners to have their pets desexed at a reduced rate”, says Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia.
The month is aimed at reducing the large amount of unwanted kittens and puppies that flood many shelters throughout Australia. Many veterinary clinics around the country are offering discounts to customers over the month of July, who wishes to have their pets desexed.
“It’s a good time to have the conversation in your home about desexing your pet”, suggests Crighton. “An unneutered male dog can smell a female on heat over TWO football fields away. So restraining and containing a dog on heat or a feisty male can be difficult during these times.
For dogs and cats, the desire to breed is very strong and this is what leads to many surprise and unwanted pregnancies.
“Having a chat with your local vet and discussing your desexing options is recommended”, says Crighton. “They can abolish all of the myths around desexing and really outline the advantages to your pet, including decreasing their risk of certain diseases.”
Cats are also no exception. A single pair of cats can produce literally thousands of unwanted kittens in their lifetime.
“Understanding our domestic pets’ behavior, when it comes to mating and reproduction really emphasises the importance of reducing the population of unwanted cats and dogs through desexing.”
Owning unneutered pets can also lead to behavioural problems.
“It is common knowledge that neutered pets tend to have less behavioural problems than those who are not desexed. This is true in both dogs and cats,” Crighton warns. “Cats can become very territorial, meaning lots of fights alongside inappropriate toileting and marking; while dogs can become aloof and uncontrollable.”
Pet insurance can also help with the costs involved in desexing.
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