The age old debate…to snip or not to snip? When it comes to the de-sexing of your dog, deciding whether or not to have him/her de-sexed is a big decision. It may not feel like it at the time but getting your best friend de-sexed will be doing both of you a huge favour. Besides the many health benefits de-sexing has for your pooch there are also cost, behavioural and community benefits as well.
- Reducing the risk of cancers and medical conditions
- Female – mammary, ovaries, uterus and cervix also reducing pyometra, an infection of the uterus.
- Males – prostatic disease, perianal tumours and eliminates risk of testicular cancers.
- De-sexing your dog may prolong their life expectancy
- Prevent any hereditary diseases that may be passed on
De-sexing has behavioural benefits for your canine companion as well, with the most obvious being that it helps to control male dominance aggression problems and reduces their wandering instincts. Keep in mind de-sexing does NOT change your best friends’ personality. It also helps to keep him from looking for any females on heat so your main man isn’t roaming the streets while you’re out.
If the cost is anything to go by, then having your dog de-sexed will only be saving you money. RSPCA Australia advocates substantially increased registration fees for entire dogs and discounted fees for your de-sexed friend (#winning)
The obvious costs you will be avoiding are any vet fees associated with the health risks of having an entire dog and the possibility of your female becoming pregnant and needing vet assistance. It would be wise to avoid the risk.
The impact that having an entire dog poses on the community could and should be avoided where possible. It is an effective strategy to reduce the number of unwanted dogs, therefore decreasing the number being euthanised and put up for adoption each year.
What to expect
A dog can be de-sexed at any age, not just as a puppy and it’s advised not to de-sex a female while she is in heat as this may complicate the surgery, so best to wait 4-6 weeks after her cycle.
You will likely be able to take your fluffer home the same day as the procedure and will be advised on any home care necessary.
You will undoubtedly be filled with guilt and feel terrible for your best friend so make sure to spoil them rotten and shower them with hugs and kisses, they deserve it.
It’s best to give your local vet a call to discuss the procedure further and what to expect once getting your dog de-sexed.
This is also a fantastic reminder that owning a dog comes with responsibilities and that you, as the parent, are responsible for your fluffy friend’s health, happiness and wellbeing.