Desexing your pet makes a lot of sense. You can’t rely on them to just hang out at home and sleep with only you.
The reasons for desexing dogs and cats vary, as do the reasons for male and female animals, but in all cases, unless you plan to become a dedicated breeder, desexing your pet is simply just part of responsible pet ownership.
By desexing your pet you reduce the number of unwanted and stray animals within the community. There is not an infinite number of good, loving and caring homes for pets. This means that even if you find loving forever homes for the kittens or puppies that your cat or dog produces, another kitten or puppy cannot be given a home there.
We all know that there is a significant problem and issue with stray and unwanted pets in the Mackay area – over 1000 animals need to be rehomed locally every year through Charity Organisations such as the RSPCA, Animal Rescue Queensland, and Mackay Animal Rescue Service. Additionally a further 300-500 animals are destroyed each year through the Mackay City Pound as they are unsuitable for rehoming. 1500 unwanted animals a year is 4 every single day.
Furthermore, pregnancy is not a risk free condition as it is often assumed. It isn’t in people, and nor is it in pets. Pregnancies are usually straightforward and uncomplicated, but sometimes they aren’t. There can be significant risks to both the mother and the unborn puppies or kittens if pregnancies become complicated. To correct the health of the mother and save her, sometimes the pregnancy may need to be terminated, or the mother may need to have a caesarian delivery of the puppies. The neonatal period can also be complicated by weak puppies who cannot feed or suckle well, or by the mother getting mastitis. Any of these complications can result in significant cost, and emotional turmoil for the families involved.
Many owners do not realise that by allowing their pet to become pregnant, they are actually endangering her health, especially if things do not go as planned. This is even more likely with unplanned matings as abnormally small litter sizes and in dogs the genetics of the father frequently create oversize puppies which cannot fit through the birth canal.