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De-sexing Your Pet

Cats and dogs are able to start their reproductive lives at a very young age, and throughout their lifetime can potentially deliver many litters of kittens or puppies.

If you are not planning to breed from your dog or cat, it is important to have it desexed.

Thousands of unwanted healthy animals are euthanised (put to sleep) each year in Victoria because not enough homes can be found for them.

In general, pets can be safely desexed from three months of age. Talk to your vet about the best age to desex your pet. The operation is undertaken by a vet and is a very straightforward procedure, causing minimal discomfort to your pet.

Why desex?

There are many benefits of desexing dogs and cats.

Desexed pets can be better behaved and less likely to roam. Desexing can also prevent them from getting certain types of cancer.

Desexed cats are less likely to yowl at night or spray strong smelling urine.

Cheaper Desexing

Maroondah City Council can assist Pensioners/Concession Card Holders in obtaining a reduction in the cost of de-sexing their cat or dog by local vets.

De-sexing vouchers are available from Council's Customer Service Centres, but please check that your vet is a participant in the program first. The voucher MUST be presented to the vet at the time of admission of your dog/cat for desexing.

Please note a maximum of two vouchers will be issued to each household.



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