Desexing best thing for your pet
HE only has eyes for one lady now.
While Scout the two-year-old Labrador is as anatomically impaired as a Ken doll, there’s one special woman in his life, Warwick Veterinary Clinic vet Rebecca Rowbotham.
“Warwick has a problem with stray animals, especially cats, so desexing is the best way to stop unwanted litters in cats and dogs,” Dr Rowbotham said.
Dr Rowbotham said desexing pets minimised the risk of some animal cancers and diseases and reduces behavioural problem such as wandering and aggression.
“We’re working with the Southern Downs Regional Council to help control strays in Warwick.
“The youngest a puppy or kitten can be desexed is five to six months, but they can be desexed if older.”
To celebrate August – National Desexing Month – Warwick Veterinary Clinic has offered free micro-chipping with every August pet desexing appointment.
“The free micro-chipping is a $50 saving, and is a way to reunite a family with their missing pet and also encourages responsible pet ownership,” Dr Rowbotham said.
“The sad reality is homeless cats and dogs are euthanized.
“A pet could be in a shelter and the family might not know where they so micro-chipping reunites the family.”
Not only will you get a saving at the vet clinic, a desexed pet means a saving of about $80 on your dog registration fees at the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) front desk.
While council law stipulates all pet dogs and cats must be registered, a SDRC spokeswoman said “cat registration fees had not yet been decided”.
Working dog registration will come into effect from December 10.
Southern Downs residents must register any dog older than 12 weeks within 14 days or an infringement notice can be issued by council.
- All dogs and cats must be registered with SDRC
- Warwick Veterinary Clinic is offering free micro-chipping with all August de-sexing
- Registration fee of desexed dog – $30 (standard), $15 (discounted)
- Registration fee of non-desexed dog – $110 (standard), $95 (discounted)
- Working dogs will have to be registered from December 10