Desexing your dog

We strongly recommend that any dog not being kept for breeding purposes is desexed. Desexing your animal has a number of advantages, including reducing the number of abandoned and unwanted dogs.

Your annual registration fee is reduced if your dog is desexed. 

 Desexing your dog

Female dogs

Desexing a female dog (also called neutering or spaying) involves an operation in which the ovaries and uterus are removed from the female animal.

As well as stopping the dog having unwanted pups, other advantages of desexing a female dog are:

  • it will prevent the dog from coming into heat twice a year, meaning no messy discharges and invasion from neighbourhood dogs
  • your dog’s chances of developing breast cancer will be almost eliminated (as long as she is de-sexed before she reaches sexual maturity)
  • you will save money on both Council registration fees and on future vet bills (for general health and the reproductive wellbeing of your dog)
  • it will increase your dog’s average life expectancy.

Male dogs

Desexing a male dog (also called castration) involves an operation to remove the dog’s testicles. This removes the source of the dog’s sperm and also the male sex hormone, testosterone.

As well as stopping the dog having unwanted pups, other advantages of desexing a male dog are:

  • it may make your dog less aggressive and generally more placid
  • your dog will be less likely to wander, roam and escape yards to mate or fight
  • it will reduce your dog’s chance of developing testicular cancer, prostate problems, perennial hernias and hepatoid adenomas (anal tumours)
  • it will reduce your dog’s tendency to mark and scent objects with urine
  • There will be less likelihood of your dog doing things such as riding people’s legs, jumping on children or exhibiting other unwanted displays of sexual frustration
  • it will increase your dog’s average life expectancy.

More information

For more information about desexing your dog, we recommend you contact your vet.

To find out about registration fees for desexed dogs, please visit our Dog Registration page.