The most common age to desex your pet is starting at 6 months for dogs and before for cats, however they are never too old to be desexed.
There are many benefits to desexing your pet at or before 6 months. They include:
- Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year
- Prevention of testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, and it can help prevent pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females
- Stopping the “heat” cycle in females
- Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males
- Being less prone to wander, especially in males
- Living a longer and healthier life
- Reduction of council registration fees
Some breeders recommend older desexing for large breed dogs. Our vets can discuss this in full at the time of puppy vaccination so you can make an informed decision.