Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@big­

DE­SPITE be­ing aware of the health benefi ts to pets re­sult­ing from de­sex­ing surgery, some own­ers still hes­i­tate to have their pets de- sexed.

A range of rea­sons put for­ward for avoid­ing the vet in­clude the cost of the oper­a­tion it­self. Pop­u­lar dis­count de­sex­ing pro­grams like Na­tional De­sex­ing Month, which kicks off next month, can make it all pos­si­ble.

Book­ings for dis­counted de­sex­ing at the Ho­bart Com­mu­nity Vet Hospi­tal started com­ing in as early as May in readi­ness for July’s low fees.

Visit www. ndn. org. au or con­tact HCVH di­rectly for more in­for­ma­tion.

Back to other rea­sons for not de­sex­ing pets – here’s a sam­ple along with some re­sponses.

“My pet is an in­door pet and never goes out­side or if he does, he’s al­ways on a leash”: In re­sponse, de­sex­ing elim­i­nates the an­noy­ing, aw­ful- smelling spray­ing that male cats will do in­doors and re­duces the cry­ing sounds fe­male cats make when in heat. Male dogs will cross hell and high wa­ter to mate if they catch a whiff of this prospect.

A dog confi ned in­doors is highly likely to try to es­cape to fol­low his in­stincts. He could get hit by a car, get lost or end up in the wrong hands. Nei­ther is it any fun hav­ing a fe­male dog bleed­ing in­side the house when she’s in heat.

An­other rea­son given is that the pet is too young. Early- age de­sex­ing is read­ily avail­able and the pro­ce­dure is less stress­ful on a younger pet. If the surgery can be car­ried out by the time a pet is four months old, it re­duces many health risks and pre­vents pets from con­tribut­ing to pet over­pop­u­la­tion.

And an­other com­mon rea­son – “it will change my pet’s per­son­al­ity”. The only thing that will change is that you’ll have a health­ier and hap­pier four- legged friend.

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