There are a lot of confusing facts around about desexing: when is the right time, what are the risks and what are the consequences? The thought of putting your pet under a general anaesthetic can also be a scary and daunting process, however, your local vet can walk you through the process and take care of your loved one every step of the way.


Myth 1: My pet should have one heat or a litter prior to being spayed


  • There is no scientific evidence that suggests that pets benefit from having a heat or litter prior to neutering.
  • There are significant benefits, however including the reduced risk of mammary, uterine and ovary cancer and deadly uterine infections (pyometra).
  • In male dogs, it decreases the risk of prostatic diseases such as abscesses and infections. It also eliminates the chance of testicular torsion, a very painful condition requiring emergency surgery.


Myth 2: My pet’s behaviour will change


  • In a good way!
  • In female dogs, it reduces the hormonal fluctuations associated with heat cycles, and hence unpredictable behaviours and fighting.
  • It lowers roaming behaviour in male dogs and urine marking in male cats.
  • Surgery also does not induce weight gain (but overfeeding and lack of exercise post-surgery can)


Myth 3: It’s too expensive


  • Desexing a pet is a critical component of responsible pet ownership and it is important to appreciate the cost of veterinary care.
  • During national desexing month – Operation Wanted by the RSPCA and the National Desexing Network which is an initiative of the Animal Welfare League of Queensland offers substantial discounts to routine desexing fees.
  • Alternatively, adopt! These little guys are looking for homes and are already desexed!
  • Also, compare the cost of desexing to an emergency caesarean if your pet develops complications delivering a litter.

There are thousands of animals waiting for adoption across Australia and every Summer, we see hundreds of abandoned and dumped kittens and puppies come through our doors. Remember pets are a responsibility and a privilege and make sure you have the facts before making medical decisions for your pet. If you are ever unsure, ask your local veterinarian for further advice.