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.