Keeping a pet is a lifetime commitment and the once-only expense of desexing and microchiping has many advantages to both animal and owner.
Why should you desex your pet?
There are many advantages to desexing your pet. These include:
- • No desexed dog or cat can ever get cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs, such as testicular tumours, cystic ovaries, ovarian tumours or acute or chronic uterine infections.
- • Desexed animals are also at far less risk of mammary cancer, prostate diseases, perianal tumours and perianal hernias. There will never be a risk of pregnancy complications. Because neutered animals avoid these medical problems they tend to live longer, healthier lives.
- • A desexed animal is often a more relaxed pet. Neutering reduces a pets desire to roam and fight.
- • Desexing decreases embarrassing behaviour habits like leg mounting and spraying, and eliminates the frantic pacing and crying of a cat in heat.
- • Desexing your pet saves you a lot of money. A pregnant animal requires additional food, as will the puppies or kittens. They may also need extra veterinary care.
- • Desexing reduces roaming, thereby lessening the likelihood of your animal being hit by a car or getting injured in fights with other animals.
- • "Entire" animals are more likely to roam in search of a mate and one of the saddest parts of being an SPCA vet is having to euthanase a seemingly unending stream of dogs and cats who have been severely injured after being hit be a car.
- • Wanganui District Council have a significant rebate on the registration fees for neutered dogs.
- • Desexing fees for your animal are very reasonable and veterinarians are already keeping costs to a minimum to encourage people to have their animals desexed.
Microchipping and Registration
Microchipping and registering your pet on a microchipped animal database means you are much more likely to have them returned if they go missing.
The microchip is a small device (about the size of a grain of rice) that sits under the skin and can be read using a special reader. These readers are available through out the country and are used by vets, SPCA's, local council's and may other orgganisations and individuals.
If a pet is brought to them they can read the 15 digit number stored on the microchip and then look this number up on a microchip database.
In New Zealand the two largest microchipped pet databases are the National Dog Database (NDD) used by local Councils to store registration information on dogs, and the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) which is a not for profit microchip database for all companion animals. This includes dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, goats, cows, horses and even fish! Profits from the NZCAR go into a Trust that helps fund animal charities and projects within New Zealand.
All SPCA adopted pets are desexed, microchipped and registered onto the NZCAR.