PET owners have been urged to make sure their pooch or kitty has been sterilised as part of National Desexing Month.
Running throughout July, National Desexing Month is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of sterilising pets.
Byford Vet Hospital vet Laura Thompson said it was incredibly important people made sure their pets were sterilised to prevent the risk of unwanted pets.
“Ultimately, it reduces the numbers of unwanted pets that are born into this world, which in turn leads to less animals in shelters, and less unwanted animals being euthanased,” she said.
“Obviously it is always important to sterilise our pets, for health reasons, management of inappropriate behaviours and reducing the number of unwanted, stray animals, irrespective of what month it is, but if we can draw a little more focus to it, I will gladly participate.”
As part of the awareness month, Byford Vet Hospital is offering 30 per cent off desexing costs and $10 off microchipping to encourage pet owners to look after their animal’s wellbeing.
Dr Thompson said they had enjoyed a good response so far and for every pet they sterilised, they would donate $5 to the National Desexing Network.
“We are a small clinic and pride ourselves on the fact that we look after people’s pets the way we look after our own,” she said.
“We like to keep our daily surgery numbers small, so each pet gets the time and attention they require to get the best and safest anaesthetic and surgery possible.”
Dr Thompson recommended that pets are desexed at six months of age.