Inner South Veterinary Centre
47 Jerrabomberra Ave
- 1800 785 330
Domestic Animal Services require all cats and dogs to be desexed by 6 months of age. Exemptions may be granted based on application for a permit to keep a sexually intact animal. Apart from being a requirement to keep a dog or cat in the ACT there are significant benefits to desexing. In females, unwanted pregnancies are prevented. Certain diseases such as mammary (breast) cancer and serious uterine infections are prevented. In males, it reduces the tendency to fight, wander, escape out of the yard, and mark out territory with urine. Desexing also protects males against prostate cancer and various hormone dependant testicular tumours.
Desexing is usually the first (and only) operation that many dogs and cats will ever have. They are still very young and this can be a time of major worry for the pet owner. While desexing is considered 'routine surgery' it is still surgery and should be taken seriously.
To help with those worries, we take an incredible amount of care. Your pets first surgery is so much more than just a routine procedure to us.
Here’s how: -
As desexing is compulsory in the ACT, all animals are given a desexing tattoo inside the left ear while under the anaesthetic.
No, your pet has a unique personality and all those quirks you have come to love are a part of them, not their hormones. They will still be exactly who they used to be after surgery. They will just no longer be concerned with the opposite sex and won't express behaviours motivated by sexual hormones.
Desexed animals may be at increased risk of weight gain. However, this is not a reason to avoid desexing! This can be easily managed by feeding an appropriate amount of food to your pet and ensuring they get sufficient exercise.
There is a school of thought that a dog should grow to skeletal maturity before desexing as this may reduce the risk of some knee injuries and some bone cancers. The jury is out on this one but if you do have a giant breed dog, discuss the timing of desexing with your veterinarian.
No, your pet does not need to have a season or a litter to reach full physical or emotional development. Desexing prior to their first season is medically sound. Desexing by 6 months is also compulsory in the ACT unless a permit is otherwise granted by Domestic Animal Services.