Desexing Myths

It’s healthy for females to have at least one litter

Incorrect. In fact breeding your female dog or cat, is more likely to cause her harm as it makes them more susceptible to cancers or diseases of the reproductive organs like Pyometra. Pyometra is a serious infection of the uterus which can lead to death. You also must consider potential problems with the pregnancy and birth and bringing animals into a world that already kills 200,000 due to overpopulation.

My dog is so cute, I just want one litter out of her

Mixed breed animals have a huge gene pool so the chances that you will get offspring just like mum or dad are zero. They also have huge risks of developing health problems that are common in the breeds of both of their parents.

I want to teach my children about the miracle of birth

Allowing your animal to reproduce only teaches your children irresponsibility. Every year, 200,000 animals are killed in Australian animal shelters simply because of a lack of good homes. Bringing more animals into a world that is already short on homes means that animals in animal shelters will die. Numerous books and videos are available to help you teach your children about reproduction responsibly.

What if I can find homes for all of my pet’s puppies or kittens?

Unless you ensure that every puppy or kitten is desexed before going to their new home, they can go on to produce litter after litter themselves. There are already so many animals being put to sleep due to lack of homes. For every 1 animal you home, 1 will die in a shelter waiting to be adopted. Send your friends to the shelters to save a life instead.

My pet’s personality will change

Your pet’s personality won’t change! What it will do is reduce behaviours associated with being entire. These are the unwanted behaviours like getting into fights, escaping and aggression towards others animals and excessive urination. 90% of the dogs that are handed into our practices for roaming are entire male dogs. Desex them and they’ll want to stay home more.

I don’t want my dog to lose his manhood

Your dog doesn’t even know what manhood is! In fact, we promise he won’t even know what happened to him after the desexing procedure. An entire male can get incredibly frustrated when the need to mate hits him, either resulting in him escaping or developing behavioural issues. Desexing your male pet eliminates the possibility of him getting testicular cancer or prostate disease so it has health benefits too!

It’s not natural

Dogs and cats are domesticated species. What isn’t natural for a dog or cat is to prevent them from breeding, when all their instincts are telling them they must. They are more content to be a companion for you when they don’t have the desire to mate.

It’s too expensive

Spread out over the course of an animal’s life, the cost of desexing is minimal. The Vet Lounge heavily subsidise desexing prices as a community service. In 2014, we gave out over $120,000 in discounts to encourage the desexing of pets. If you can’t afford desexing, chances are you can’t afford veterinary treatment should your pet become ill. Desexing is part of being a responsible pet owner – budget for it before you purchase a puppy or kitten. Better still, adopt an animal from a shelter and they’ll already be desexed!

My pet will get fat

Wrong! Your pet will become fat the same way humans do. Too many calories and not enough exercise. Feed your pet a healthy diet and exercise them regularly and they’ll have a healthy weight. Surgery does not make them fat – eating too much food and not getting enough exercise does.