While it is not mandatory, desexing sterilises a dog or cat so they can't have puppies or kittens. Desexing can also reduce roaming behaviour or territorial aggression. It is also important to remember kittens as young as four months of age are able to breed.
Your registration fee is also substantially reduced if your dog or cat is desexed.
Only a qualified vet can carry out the desexing operation.
For more information on desexing please visit Victorian Government's website for desexing cats and dogs.
Discount for desexing
The Australian Veterinary Association, together with local councils has developed a scheme to provide low income pet owners with a reduction in the cost of desexing your pet cat and dog. The scheme aims to ensure that everyone in the community has access to the desexing procedure for their animals. It is hoped that through the promotion of desexing there will be a decrease in the numbers of unwanted puppies and kittens.
If you live in Manningham and hold any of the following Federal Government Social Security cards, you are eligible to receive a discount in the cost of desexing your dog and/or cat:
- Pension concession card
- Health care card
- Low income health care card
- Commonwealth seniors health card
Your vet may also be able to provide a discount for desexing as part of the scheme, be sure to ask your vet when making an appointment.
For more information on how to apply, contact us.