The SPCA always encourages desexing, and clearly this is from the point of view of population control. However, there are some very clear health benefits to our pets when they are desexed, which makes me recommend this procedure to all pets.
Read on to learn the many benefits:
Entire (not speyed or castrated) pets have a higher risk of;
Fighting, and hence abscesses, wounds and FIV (a fatal virus spread by bites)
Other traumas such as being shot, or car accidents due to wandering
Complications from pregnancy, whelping and lactation (females only)
Prostate enlargement and constipation (males only)
Breast, ovarian, uterine, testicular and prostatic cancers
Hormone related diseases including diabetes, pancreatitis and pyometra
Unsocial behaviours such as fighting, aggression to humans and spraying urine
The risks of surgery are extremely low, and the one off cost is inexpensive, bearing in mind it is a full anaesthetic and surgery. Apart from the listed benefits, population control assists the community and reduces the number of unwanted animals being presented to the SPCA. Therefore, if you have a pet, it is best to get them desexed, no matter their age.
Sharon Marshall BVSC