Mowbray Veterinary Clinic in conjunction with the National Desexing Network are launching National Desexing Month in July. Special offers are available during July for discounted desexing of Cats and Dogs to holders of any Pension or Health Care Concession Cards.
Research by the Animal Welfare League of Qld shows that 65% of people who surrender undesexed cats and dogs have not desexed them because they just didn’t get around to it or because of financial circumstances. Desexing promotion and reduced prices can make an important incentive for people to desex their pets sooner rather than later, and prevent unexpected kittens and puppies.
Cats and dogs are safer and happier if desexed. They are less likely to roam and get into fights, or hit by cars or impounded. They are less likely to get mammary and testicular cancer, and urinary tract disease.
Owners often find it easier to care for desexed cats and dogs because they are more homely and affectionate, and less frustrated wanting to get out and find a mate.
NDN Director Sylvana Wenderhold stated that since the down turn in the economy, shelters and pounds around Australia are struggling with more animals being handed in and fewer animals being adopted.
The program is an initiative of the Animal Welfare League QLD (AWLQ) and was created to help put a stop to the huge numbers of stray and surrendered cats and dogs in Australia’s pounds and shelters.
“Each year in the spring/summer months tens of thousands of cats, dogs and their litters are collected as strays or handed in to pounds and shelters. This fact sadly results in death for a majority of these animals. Desexing your pet should be at the top of every responsible pet owners list,” Mrs Mihaka says.
“We hope the nation will take advantage of these discounted prices over the month of July which will inevitably relieve the burden of having to find homes for unplanned litters next breeding season,” Mrs Mihaka says.
Desexing your pet can have lots of health and behavioural benefits including reducing territorial fights, and escaping in dogs and cats becoming more affectionate while lessening the risk of cancer and feline diseases.
Cats can be pregnant from four to five months of age. To prevent accidental or early litters, our clinic can desex kittens from 10 weeks of age and one kilogran in weight for males, and 12 weeks of age and 1.2Kg in weight for females.
“It is ideal to desex your pets when they are kittens or puppies as the recovery process is much faster and they are back to themselves again within hours of the operation,” Mrs Mihaka says.
“Our vet clinic is happy to contribute to National Desexing Month to help prevent the tragedy of unwanted pets,” said Dr Peter de Boer.
“Each clinic offers incentives and discounts of their own accord – it really is a great way for our practice to make a contribution to the community” said Nurse Sam.
Please note that spaces are limited so please contact the Clinic on 6326 4900 to make your booking.
If you are not within our area, please visit the NDN Website for a participating clinic near you.