Desexing

Desexing Vouchers

Certain councils in Victoria and veterinarians have a scheme under which pet owners, who qualify, are provided with a reduction in the cost of desexing dogs and cats. Surf Coast Shire is a participant under this scheme. All Veterinary Surgeons listed under "Veterinary Surgeries" in this listing are participants of the Scheme.

Who Is Eligible?

Persons who hold any of the following Federal Government Social Security cards:

  • Current Pensioner Concession Card
  • Current Health Care Card

are eligible to receive a reduction on the cost of desexing dogs and cats.

How To Apply

Desexing vouchers are available from Surf Coast Shire Offices, 1 Merrijig Drive, Torquay. The eligible person must attend at the Shire Offices to make application for the voucher.

Eligible people wishing to have their cat or dog sterilised before registering it with Council must contact Council for a voucher before the animal reaches three months of age.

Vouchers are valid for 1 month

If your animal is already three months of age, then you must register it now. Unfortunately there are no exceptions to this. Once the animal is registered we can give you a desexing voucher and you will benefit from the cheaper registration fee next registration year.

Special Conditions

  1. Desexing of your animal will only take place if you can prove to your Veterinarian that the animal has been vaccinated. You should therefore ensure that your animal is vaccinated at the earliest opportunity. Your Veterinarian may be happy to consider a discounted fee for you, if you are the holder of a required card.
  2. If you present a female cat or dog for desexing that is older than seven months, a surcharge of $15 will apply. Of this amount you will have to pay $10 and the Council will contribute $5.
  3. A maximum of two vouchers (for 2 dogs, 2 cats or 1 dog and 1 cat) will be issued per household.

Benefits of Desexing - General

Population Control: Those owners who do not want to breed from their pets must ensure that they are desexed. This solves the problem of dealing with unwanted puppies and kittens.

Behavioural Changes: With desexed animals there are significant behavioural benefits in both sexes. The undesirable aspects of typical male behaviour are modified. Castrated males are less likely to roam (90% stop), or to urinate within the property (50% stop). Castration does not always completely eliminate the sex drive or ability to copulate, but 60% stop mounting people.

There is a reduction in aggression toward other male dogs (60% stop fighting), and a reduction in dominance behaviour. These changes will make many dogs more manageable. The presence of testosterone slightly increases aggressive tendencies in general.

The loss of that hormone also tends to reduce aggressive behaviour towards people, reducing the risks of attacks, especially on the owner's family and other people in the community.

In females, desexing prevents oestrous behaviour (on heat) and problems of attendant male dogs creating public nuisance.

It can take up to six months for these behavioural effects to be shown.

In conclusion, desexed pets are consequently likely to be less of a problem to councils and the community than undesexed pets.

Benefits of Desexing - medical

There are significant medical advantages for both sexes:

  • Female dogs will not develop serious uterine infections which are common in older undesexed female dogs;
  • Early desexing (before the first season) greatly reduces the risk of female dogs developing breast cancer which is fatal in 50% of cases;
  • Desexed male dogs are unlikely to develop the very common prostate diseases which can be fatal. Approximately 60% of entire dogs develop prostatic disease;
  • There is no chance of desexed male dogs developing testicular cancer;
  • Desexing greatly reduces the incidence of fighting in cats and the consequently common abscesses and infections as well as feline AIDS which is spread by biting; and
  • The reduction in the tendency of both desexed dogs and cats to roam reduces the incidence of them becoming road accident victims.