Desexing improves health of your pets says veterinarian

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Vets are urging residents to desex their pets to avoid unwanted pet pregnancies as well as improving the health of our four-legged friends.

Greencross Vets Redlynch Central Veterinary Director, Dr Veronica Monaghan understands that Port Douglas and Mossman residents only want the best for their pet and recommends desexing to give them a better quality of life.

“Deciding on whether to have your pet desexed or not is a question that every pet parent asks,” she said.

“At Greencross Vets Redlynch Central, we highly recommend desexing for all pets. 

“Not only does it reduce animal homelessness and pressure on animal shelters, but it can also improve your pet’s behaviour, reduce aggression, prevent medical conditions and even improve the smell of your pet’s urine.”

Surgical desexing involves the removal of part of a pet’s reproductive system whilst under a general anaesthetic.

In females, desexing, also known as spaying or an ovariohysterectomy, involves removing the ovaries.

In males desexing also known as castration or neutering involves the removal of both testicles.

Dr Monaghan said there are a number of behavioural advantages that come along with spaying or neutering your pets.

“For male pets, it may help to assist with minimising aggression problems in dogs and decreasing male cats urges to roam and fight with other cats,” she said.

“In both cats and dogs, male urine odour can be particularly strong and pungent. Desexing usually reduces this odour plus in most cases, desexing will reduce or eliminate spraying in cats.”

Dr Monaghan also said the removal of reproductive organs eliminates the chance of cancer and other diseases developing in the animal that may have originated in those organs. 

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