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There are many confusing facts around 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, made even more so with the number of myths circulating. To help you in your decision on whether to desex your pet or not we’ve gathered the most common myths and debunked them.

Myth 1: Pets should have one litter before being desexed

There is no evidence to suggest pets benefit from having a litter before being desexed. In fact, there are a number of risks to your pet if she does have a litter that should be considered when making the decision to desex your pet. These include potential problems with pregnancy and birthing difficulties. It is also better for your pet not to have any litters before being desexed, as her risk of developing mammary cancer significantly increases after her first litter. Desexing before their second heat actually reduces the risk of mammary cancer to almost zero.

Myth 2: There are no benefits to desexing

Besides from preventing unwanted pregnancy, desexing has many health benefits for our pets and can help them to lead a longer, healthier life. For our female furry friends, undergoing the spaying procedure reduces the risk of mammary, ovarian and uterine cancer. It also prevents pyometra (a uterus infection), a life-threatening condition which requires emergency surgery.

While for our male dogs, neutering reduces their risk of prostatic diseases, such as abscesses and infections. It also eliminates the chance of testicular torsion and cancer, and reduces the risk of perianal tumours.

Myth 3: Their behaviour will be changed after desexing

After desexing your pet’s behaviour will change, but in a good way! Hormones play a part in behaviour, and by removing these hormones it removes certain urges and behaviours. In female cats and dogs, it reduces the hormonal fluctuations associated with their heat cycles, which means less unpredictable behaviour and a calmer personality. For males dogs, it lowers aggression toward other animals, roaming behaviour looking for a mate, and marking of territory.

Myth 4: Desexed dogs will gain weight

Desexing your pet won’t cause them to gain weight. Removing organs that produce hormones may cause your pet’s metabolism to slow, but ageing also has this effect. However, it’s overfeeding and lack of exercise that causes weight gain. If you pet does gain weight after their surgery, it is most likely due to their diet or the amount of exercise they are getting. 

Weight gain isn’t caused by desexing

Myth: It's expensive

The cost of desexing depends on the age, size, and whether you have a female or male. While this procedure will cost you initially, it is actually less expensive than your pet’s flea and worm prevention treatment if you spread it out over the span of their life. By preventing pregnancy it will also undoubtedly save you money in the long run. Caring for a litter of puppies should your pet become pregnant can be costly when you add up the expenses of feeding them, vaccinating, microchipping and checkups. Also, there’s always the possibility of an emergency caesarean being needed if your pet develops complications delivering her litter.

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