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Advantages of desexing your companion animal

There are lots of advantages to desexing your pets apart from preventing the birth of unwanted animals.

o Pregnancy is impossible, eliminating problems and significant risks associated with pregnancy and birth.

o Desexing prevents false pregnancies in females.

o Desexing eliminates “heat” cycles in females, which can be messy, difficult to manage, and unpleasant.

o Desexed animals have reduced roaming activity to look for mates, with the consequent benefit that they are less likely to be hit by a car, be injured in other ways or come into contact with infectious disease.

o Desexed animals have less chance of developing certain kinds of cancers.

o Desexing eliminates the chance of common uterine infections (in females).

o Desexing reduces fighting and aggressive behaviours which reduces risk of infectious disease spread by fighting.

o Desexing reduces dominance aggression and fighting between individual rabbits, thus making them easier to house together.

o Desexing reduces unwanted animals being attracted to your property by females in heat.

o Desexing reduces dog registration fees.

o Urine marking behaviour is reduced.

o Desexing eliminates sexual frustration in companion animals.

o Desexing reduces territorial scent marking in rabbits.

o Desexing reduces territorial aggression towards owners in rabbits.

o Desexed animals generally live longer, healthier, happier lives due to various health benefits, some of which are listed here.

o Desexing saves lives.

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