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Do them a favour and desex your pet

Friday, 13th August, 2010

* Shelter manager Merridy Wall with a six-week old Jack Russell cross who is now available for adoption. * Shelter manager Merridy Wall with a six-week old Jack Russell cross who is now available for adoption.

The RSPCA is offering a 20 per cent discount on pet desexing this month in a bid to reduce overpopulation and disease.

August is National Desexing Month. RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad said thousands of animals were euthanised in Australia every year because there weren't enough homes for them.
Desexing helps cut the number of unwanted pups and kittens received by animal shelters annually. It also helpt to prevent life-threatening illness.
"Desexing female dogs and cats actually helps decrease the incidence of breast cancer, as well as preventing ovarian and uterine cancer," said Dr Awad.
"It also prevents the chances of developing pyometra (an infection in the
uterus) which is a life-threatening condition," she said.
"Desexing also has similar benefits for male dogs, with the risk of some reproductive cancers, prostatic diseases, as well as perineal hernias reduced."
Desexing also brings behavioral benefits for male dogs and cats.
For male cats, stops behaviour such as fighting and roaming which often leads to their demise through accidents and injuries.
The event runs from August 23 to August 27.
For female dogs to be desexed it will cost $65 and for males $50. The cost also covers microchipping and vaccination.
For female cats is costs $50 and for males $35 with microchipping.
To register your pet or for more information contact the local RSPCA on 8087 7753.

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