Kairo the Samoyed is a new client of ours - his owners got in touch with us after taking him on, wanting advice and information on what to do next.
Getting a new addition to the family is always exciting, but it’s also important to remember the other side of pet ownership: the responsibilities. These things would include vaccinations, flea preventatives, worming and heartworm treatments as well as desexing and training advice - just to mention a few.
This spectacular Samoyed’s owner decided it was time to get Kairo desexed - especially while he is still young.
Did you know that there are both medical and behavioural benefits of desexing your pet?
Of course, the initial reason is ensuring there aren’t excessive amounts of stray and unwanted animals on the streets. But for both males and females, there are also some pretty good reasons to get your pet desexed - especially now spring is in the air!
For male pets, the benefits would include a vast reduction in the chances of falling ill with testicular tumours, perineal hernias and adenomas as well as helping prevent prostate diseases. With the testicles removed, male pets don’t produce the hormone testosterone which can in turn affect the development of the prostate which then helps prevent prostate disease.
For female pets, benefits include a reduced chance of developing mammary tumours, ovarian cysts, ovarian/uterine/vaginal tumours, pyometra (an accumulation of infection/puss in the uterus, which can potentially be fatal) and metritis (uterus inflammation). These benefits are especially great if females are desexed before the age of 5-6 months. After their first season, the risks of complications increase from 8 percent to 26 percent after their second cycle, so it’s always better to try and get your females desexed before their first season.
Aside from the health benefits, there are also behavioural benefits. These can be as simple as having less of an urge to roam around the streets in search of exciting smells, mating partners or territory in males, which can help prevent road traffic accidents and cat (or dog) fights. Males will tend to be less aggressive in general and will mark less - for some people this is a huge bonus.
Our Carlton Vet Surgery website has more information available for you to read about Desexing - sterilisation and your pet. It also has a list of common misconceptions about desexing, which makes for an interesting read.
If you have more questions or would like an additional information, don’t hesitate to contact us on (03) 9347 1988 or even ask away via our online contact form.