National Desexing Month – JULY

12 June 2023

National Desexing Month is an important initiative that advocates for the desexing of pets, with a special focus on the month of July as the opportune time to desex your dog. This vital medical procedure involves the surgical removal of a dog’s reproductive organs and offers a myriad of advantages for both your canine friend and you as their devoted owner.

What exactly are the benefits of getting your dog desexed?

Well, let’s start with the most obvious one. Desexing is a highly effective method to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the resulting litters that can contribute to the overpopulation of dogs, leading to an increase in strays and overcrowded shelters. But that’s not all! Desexing also provides numerous health benefits for dogs. For female dogs, it significantly reduces the risk of mammary gland tumors, uterine infections, and ovarian cancer. And for males, it decreases the likelihood of prostate problems and testicular cancer. Moreover, desexing can help curb unwanted behaviors such as mounting, aggression, and marking.

Now, let’s talk about the essential steps to prepare your dog for the desexing procedure. Your trusted veterinarian will provide specific instructions tailored to your dog’s unique needs. However, as a general guideline, make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and parasite prevention treatments and create a comfortable and peaceful space for them to recover after the procedure, offering

 them a cozy retreat where they can relax and heal.

But why is July the ideal month for this procedure?

Picture this: July, the heart of winter in Australia. Dogs desexed in July are less likely to be pregnant or in-season, making the procedure quicker and easier for skilled veterinarians to perform. And guess what? A smoother procedure can often lead to cost savings for you! Plus, having the operation during winter offers added benefits for your dog’s recovery. The cooler weather allows them to stay indoors, snug and warm, which can provide comfort and reduce stress during the healing process. Additionally, the chilly temperatures help mitigate the risk of infection, as bacteria thrive less in cooler climates.

When it comes to desexing, it’s crucial to consult with your veterinarian about the best age and timing for the procedure. While dogs can generally be desexed between 6 and 12 months of age, your veterinarian will provide specific recommendations based on your dog’s breed, size, and overall health. Their expertise will ensure the optimal timing for this life-enhancing procedure.

Now, let’s address a question that often arises: Does your precious pup need to be desexed to attend daycare at Paddington Pups?

We understand the importance of creating a safe and harmonious environment for all our furry guests. That’s why we maintain an open conversation with owners whose dogs have not been desexed by 6 months of age. Some non-desexed dogs may exhibit unfavourable behaviours such as marking, mounting, or aggression towards other dogs. These behaviours can disrupt the daycare environment and potentially cause harm. Thus, we have a strict policy that all dogs must be desexed by 12 months of age to attend daycare. By upholding this policy, we ensure the safety, well-being, and happiness of all dogs under our care.

National Desexing Month offers an extraordinary opportunity to prioritize your dog’s well-being, health, and future happiness. So, let’s join forces, spread awareness, and make a positive impact on the lives of our furry companions. Together, we can create a safer and brighter world for dogs everywhere

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