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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.

  • Pregnancy is impossible, eliminating problems and significant risks associated with pregnancy and birth.
  • Desexing prevents false pregnancies in females.
  • Desexing eliminates “heat” cycles in females.
  • 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.
  • Desexed animals have less chance of developing certain kinds of cancers.
  • Desexing eliminates the chance of common uterine infections (in females).
  • Desexing reduces fighting and aggressive behaviours which reduces risk of infectious disease spread by fighting.
  • Desexing reduces dominance aggression and fighting between individual rabbits, thus making them easier to house together.
  • Desexing reduces unwanted animals being attracted to your property by females in heat.
  • Desexing reduces dog registration fees.
  • Urine marking behaviour is reduced.
  • Desexing eliminates sexual frustration in companion animals.
  • Desexing reduces territorial scent marking in rabbits.
  • Desexing reduces territorial aggression towards owners in rabbits.
  • Desexed animals generally live longer, healthier, happier lives due to various health benefits, some of which are listed here.
  • Desexing saves lives.
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