Desexing your dog is a socially responsible thing to do for a number of reasons:
- It reduces territorial behaviour
- It helps control your dog’s urge to wander
- It reduces anti-social behaviours like leg mounting (humping), urine marking in male dogs and oestrus bleeding in female dogs
- It reduces the likelihood of cancer and other diseases of the reproductive organs - uterine, ovarian and mammary diseases in female dogs and testicular cancers, some prostate diseases, perineal hernias and adenomas in male dogs
- It increases the likelihood of your dog enjoying a longer and happier life
- It eliminates unwanted litters of puppies or kittens
- There are council registration rebates for a dog that is both desexed and microchipped
- If your council requires cat registration, it may offer a discount for a desexed cat. Check with your local council.
There is no evidence to support a common belief that a bitch should have at least one litter to be a healthy, long-lived dog. Desexed dogs are shown to live long and happy lives.
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