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February 2017

Ranger Kurt and the team are committed to educating the community about responsible pet ownership.

By law, all puppies and kittens must be registered and microchipped by 12 weeks of age. Microchipping and registration is just the first step. If your details change you must update your pet’s information so they can be returned to you quickly if they ever get lost.

If you are not a registered breeder, desexing your pet is strongly recommended. Desexing your pet guarantees you won’t be accidently adding to your fur family. It also avoids upsetting a friend or neighbour because they have more than they bargained for thanks to your dog or cat.

In dogs, along with no puppies the behavioural, health and care benefits of desexing include:

  • Less aggressive
  • Less desire to roam
  • More focused
  • Reduces the risk of some cancers, infections and hernias
  • Removes the need to manage a female in heat  

Cats are very efficient breeders. Females come on heat for three to four days every fortnight during the summer months.  

As well as no kittens, desexing your cat will help prevent:

  • Desire to roam
  • Injury from fighting
  • Conditions including some cancers, infections and tumours
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukaemia Virus
  • Marking their territory with urine

Consult your vet about the best time to desex your pet.

Council rangers also work closely with Hunter Animal Watch, who operate a subsidised pet spay/neuter program to financially assist pensioners and the unemployed.

For more information visit cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/animals/desexyourpet and awla.com.au