We recommend the desexing or neutering of all pet cats and dogs. This ensures a healthy pet without the worries of hormonal or sex-related diseases, particularly when they are older. Many antisocial behaviours such as urine marking, mounting or aggression can be avoided with desexing.

We recommended booking your pet in for desexing from 14–16 weeks onwards provided your pet has completed its full primary vaccination course.

We see many undesexed dogs at Lort Smith with potentially life-threatening conditions. They are expensive to treat and many of these require surgery and anaesthetic when the patient is in its most compromised state. This becomes a high-risk situation.

Common conditions include infected uteruses (pyometra), mammary tumours, diseases of the prostate and hernias which are secondary to being undesexed. In almost all of these cases desexing would be recommended as part of the treatment. Such costs and risks could be easily avoided if desexing was performed when the pet was young.