There are so many incorrect myths about desexing pets, and we are here to bust them.
MYTH 1: "People have told me to wait until my girl has her first heat before getting desexed"
Truth: Don't take the advice of people on the internet that aren't vets! This is a complete myth. Ask your vet when the best time to desex your pet will be, based on their individual situation.
Did you know that cats can fall pregnant as young as 4 months of age? So, you shouldn't be waiting around to get them desexed unless advised by your vet! It is very safe for cats to be desexed at 4 months.
For dogs, it is best to consult your veterinarian about the best age for desexing as the best age can vary with breed and size.
MYTH 2: "Friends have said my pet should have at least one litter before being desexed"
Truth: There is absolutely no benefit to letting your pet have a litter before desexing. Apart from putting your beloved pet through a pregnancy and birth which has some risks, more kittens or puppies come into the world that need loving homes when there are already plenty of unwanted pets.
So, you really should not wait for your pet to have a litter.
MYTH 3: "Desexing will change my pet’s personality"
Truth: Desexing will not change your pet’s personality. It may even have a positive impact by reducing aggression, the desire to roam, and urine spraying (cats only). Desexing will stop your cat’s vocalisation when on heat!
MYTH 4: "My pet will become fat and lazy"
Truth: This is true only if you let it happen. Overeating and the lack of exercise leads to pet obesity, not desexing.
MYTH 5: "Desexing can negatively impact their health"
Truth: Desexing your pet can reduce the risk of some forms of cancer and other diseases. These include urine infections, mammary and ovarian cancer in females and perineal hernias, testicular and prostate cancer in males.
If concerned, discuss these concerns with your veterinarian.
MYTH 6: "I've been told to wait until they're at least 2 years old before desexing"
Truth: Cats can be safely desexed from 4 months of age. Waiting 2 years will just result in unplanned litters and potentially unwanted behaviours like urine spraying, vocalisation etc.
For dogs your veterinarian can provide the best advice on age of desexing based on their breed and size. Female dogs that are not desexed will bleed from their vulva when they are on heat/ in season, while male dogs will often be very persistent in their attempts to get to females who are on heat. So, it is important to talk to your veterinarian on when your dogs should be desexed as it is just as important as getting cats desexed.
From June 1 – August 31, you can receive 20% off desexing at participating vets in Queensland with Operation Wanted.
It’s free to register your pet to get the discount here.