As well as reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens, de-sexing prevents pets from roaming, fighting or causing nuisance to neighbours. In females, it significantly reduces the risk of uterine infections and mammary cancer and in males, cancer of the prostate gland.

The optimum time for de-sexing is five to six months of age when the animal is approaching sexual maturity. However, it is never too late to de-sex your pet. You may also receive a significant discount when registering your dog with your local council if he/she is sterilised.

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