Advantages of desexing your pet include: preventing unwanted litters, deterring sexual instincts and behaviours that not only lead to mating, but can sometimes lead to aggression, particularly during the mating season, as well as preventing uterine, breast, testicular and prostate cancer.
Your pet's personallity does not change as a result of desexing, nor will it know it is no longer able to breed.
My dad's Jack Russell terrier's prostate cancer could have been prevented had he been desexed as a young dog. Instead leaving him entire, caused much heartache and expensive treatment in his later life.
Neither my dad or other male family members believed desexing male dogs was necessary, preferring to leave them, entire, as in retaining their testicles throughout their lives.They mistakenly, emotionally linked their own sense of masculinity, with that of their dogs.
However, not only did Butcher, the Jack Russell end up with prostate cancer. Throughout his life, he was unpredictably aggressive with other dogs and would not hesitate to take on dogs six times his own size. Here too, desexing could have lessened his top dog instincts.
As for Whippet Boy, He was desexed at 7 months, after he had muscled up nicely. This was particularly important, as he had an undescended testicle, that could have led to cancer, early in his life. It also ruled him out as a sire of pedigree whippet puppies, to prevent this fault being passed on to future generations.
My moggy, Mr Claude, was desexed following his adoption at 6 months of age. Indeed, he was dumped at the school where I worked, right as he reached sexual maturity. Tom cats who remain entire, will spray to mark their territory. The stench of tom cat spray, along with their predisposition to territorial fights, should be enough to ensure all but registered cat breeders have male cats desexed. Sadly it is not and every year, thousands of unwanted kittens and cats are euthanised in shelters, within Australia and beyond.
With female animals, their breeding seasons will be marked by a blood stained discharge, that will not only be a nuisance in relation to avoiding stains around the home, it will also send out pheremones to attract every eligible male in the area that she is ripe for mating. You will need to restrict your female dog or cat indoors, during her season, if not desexed!
Desexing of a male animal involves the removal of its tecticles, Females have both their uterus and overies removed and it is a far bigger operation than for males of the species. Both males and female animals recover quicky post desexing.
Shelter animals in Australia are required by law to be desexed prior to rehoming.
Reputable breeders will also advocate the desexing of non-breeding animals.
As a responsible pet owner, desexing of your pets will avoid the tragedy of unwanted animals landing in shelters, the majority of such animals are euthanised.
Desexing will not detract from your pets personality, or attractiveness, They will certainly not bear you any grudge as a result, nor will they acquire any of the nasty diseases or cancers tha entire animals may get, especially in later life.