Across Australia, animal shelters and rescue organisations are overflowing with unwanted pets and thousands upon thousands of cats and dogs are euthanized across the country each month. All pet owners need to be responsible and do their part for animal welfare, ensuring they don’t contribute to the pet overpopulation by desexing their pet.

Desexing is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia which prevents sexual and reproductive behaviour, and related health and behaviour problems. In males, the surgery is called a castration and involves the removal of the testicles. In females, the surgery is called a spay and involves the removal of both the ovaries and the uterus.

Did you know?

●● Desexing your pet can save you money. Cairns Regional Council gives a discounted registration for desexed pets, saving you up to $70.00 per year.

●● Desexing can extend the life and health of your pet. In female dogs and cats, desexing prevents the risk of conditions such as cystic ovaries, ovarian tumours, uterine infections, mammary tumours (breast cancer) as well as physical and nutritional exhaustion if breeding continually. In males, desexing prevents the risk of conditions such as prostate cancer or disorders, and testicular cancer. Desexing male cats reduces territorial fighting, which in turn prevents cat fight abscesses and decreases the risk of exposure to life threatening diseases such as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus).

●● Desexing your pet saves you from humiliation. Desexing reduces inappropriate and embarrassing sexual behaviour such as humping your best mate’s leg! Other unwanted behaviours which desexing can help prevent include wandering, territorial aggression, fighting, dominance, urine marking, howling and yowling.

●● Desexing your female cat can prevent 420,000 unwanted kittens! Yes, that’s right, an undesexed 7-year-old female cat has the potential to generate 420,000 kittens (through the generations her offspring have). Imagine how many kittens an undesexed male cat can potentially be responsible for!

The procedure

The best time to desex your pet is between three and six months of age but pets of any age can be desexed.

Desexings at the Cairns Vet Clinic are safer and more comfortable, because we include modern analgesic/anaesthetic protocols, catheterisation, intravenous fluid therapy, proper intra-operative monitoring, take-home pain relief, and an Elizabethan collar, all as standard. Desexing surgery is performed from Monday to Friday and your pet is normally able to be discharged on the same day.

For more information about desexing your pet or to make an appointment please visit the website.


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