Desexing a cat or dog can have health benefits which extend well beyond simply preventing unwanted litters.
Wagga vet Kiri Westphalen said figures from recent years showed that about 35 per cent of unwanted dogs and 65 per cent of unwanted cats were euthanised in NSW.
“The only way we are going to reduce that is by desexing,” Dr Westphalen said.
"Not only that, the individuals are going to have their own benefits in terms of preventing reproductive diseases.”
Dr Westphalen, from Kooringal Veterinary Hospital, has recently adopted a staghound puppy named P, who was found by a member of the public after she was hit by a car.
P required major surgery and will have ongoing issues with her leg, but she has found a loving home.
Unfortunately, not all unwanted cats and dogs are this lucky, which is why July has been designated National Desexing Month, during which some of the city’s vets will be offering reduced-cost desexing.
Kooringal Veterinary Hospital is taking part in National Desexing Month. More information on the participating vets is available from the National Desexing Network website.