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Published on 29 June 2023

July is National Desexing Month

RSPCA Victoria is joining the nationwide National Desexing Month in July and calling on all Victorians to have their pets de-sexed to reduce the number of unwanted or unplanned animals.

As the cost-of-living crisis continues, unplanned litters of up to 12 animals can place huge pressure on those trying to care for and re-home them.

Each year RSPCA Victoria shelters take in between 14,000 to 15,000 animals, many the result of unplanned pregnancies.

Speaking about the importance of desexing pets, Chief Veterinarian, Dr Bronwyn Oke said desexing is one of the easiest ways to reduce the number of unwanted animals and also improve the health and wellbeing of your pet.

“Desexing not only helps prevent unwanted pregnancies, but also has numerous health benefits for animals, including reducing the risk of certain cancers and behavioural issues1,” Dr Oke said.

“We know people are doing it tough right now, and the potential of up to 12 extra mouths to feed may be too much for some.

“By desexing pets and preventing unwanted litters, we can significantly reduce the number of animals entering shelters, enabling us to provide better care and support for those in need and improving animal welfare overall.”

The RSPCA Burwood Vet Clinic offers a full range of services for domestic pets including discounted desexing*, and additional services including care for exotic pets, and orthopaedic surgery, and some RSPCA vets speak multiple languages including Mandarin.

The recently expanded team of expert vets and nurses at RSPCA Burwood Vet Clinic are located at 3 Burwood Highway, Burwood East (corner Middleborough Road).

Appointments are available for new and returning clients Monday-Friday 8.00am-8.00pm and Saturday-Sunday 8.00am-5.00pm and locals are encouraged to book in July for National Desexing Month.

All profits from RSPCA Victoria’s private veterinary clinics go towards helping care for the animals in RSPCA shelters across Victoria.

*Health Care Card and Pension Card Holders should check with their residing council to see if any voucher scheme is offered.

1https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/why-should-i-have-my-pet-desexed/

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