Cassowary Coast Regional Council

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Benefits of Desexing Your Pet Benefits of Desexing Your Pet

Council offers significant discounts for the registration of desexed dogs.

Desexing your pet prevents unwanted pregnancies.

The National Desexing Network (NDN) reports that about 23 cats and dogs die every hour of every day in pounds and shelters nationwide.

Uncontrolled breeding and pet over-population contributes significantly to this problem.

Desexing also has the following benefits (this information has been taken from the NDN website):

  • Reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs.
  • Preventing females from suffering from physical and nutritional exhaustion from continual breeding.
  • Pets generally live longer and healthier lives.
  • Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost or injured.
  • Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors.
  • Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours. They become more affectionate and become better companions.
  • Eliminates "heat" cycles in female cats and their efforts to get outside in search for a mate.
  • Eliminates male dogs' urge to "mount" people's legs.
  • Reduces the cost to the community of having to care for unwanted puppies and kittens in pounds and shelters.
  • No additional food or vet bills for the offspring.
  • No need to find homes for unwanted or unexpected litters of puppies or kittens.
  • Save money from expensive surgeries from car accidents or fights, which are less likely to occur if your pet doesn't roam around.
  • Dumping puppies and kittens is an ethical cost, as well as being illegal and inhumane.
  • The price of desexing is more affordable to those in financial need with the assistance of organisations such as NDN.

For more information, please see the following: 

National Desexing Network website

Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008

Queensland Government - Pets and Animals webpage