Reasons to Desex Your Pet

Getting a pet is like getting a new member of the family. You welcome your new furry friend with open arms and love. Whether you have chosen a dog or a cat you should always find out if they have been desexed.

The most common reason for desexing your pet is to prevent unwanted pregnancies and litters. Is prevents the problem of stray dogs and cats and a simple procedure. There are also health benefits to desexing pets.

Health Benefits of Desexing

This is a list of the most common health benefits of desexing.

  • Reproductive system cancers are dangerous, with desexing the risk is much lower
  • Urinary tract infections and other infections of the reproductive system are not as common in desexed animals.
  • Research has linked desexing with improved lifespan of pets.

Other Benefits of Desexing

Health benefits of desexing are obviously important, however, there are behavioural benefits that cannot be ignored.

Desexed male dogs and cats tend to be less territorial, which makes them less aggressive and less prone to marking their territory. Both male and female dogs and cats do not roam as much, which means there is less chance of getting into a fight with another animal, or getting hit by a car.

When to Desex Your Pet

Most often it best to desex your pet while they are younger. Your vet will let you know the best time, specifically for your pet, but generally speaking the health benefits are greater pre-puberty. Puberty in your furry friend can set in as early as four months. Desexing more mature animals has to be done if they have not been desexed earlier. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if your pet is in good health prior to the procedure.


Recovery time on a procedure, even a simple desexing is specific to each animal. The general recovery time for a male is roughly two weeks. They will start to get back to their normal selves as the healing takes place. Try to limit the activities of your pet during the healing process.