We recommend that pets are neutered unless they are intended to be bred from. Desexing prevents unwanted pregnancies and hence helps reduce the number of abandoned and stray animals euthanased each year.
It helps unwanted attention from males and reduces their wandering instincts. There are health benefits associated with desexing which include reducing the risk of certain cancers and preventing pyometra which is a life threatening infection of the uterus. Desexing can be done from 6 months of age. In female animals this is called a spey and in male animals is called castration.
All animals are given pain relief routinely. Rye Vet Clinic is also involved in providing subsidised desexing through the Humane Society for Animal Welfare.
Our involvement in this is to help the community with the number of stray cats on the peninsula as well as accidental pregnancies.