TIMELY REMINDER: Dr Graeme Turner, with Pushka the cat, encourages pet owners to be responsible and desex their animals.
TIMELY REMINDER: Dr Graeme Turner, with Pushka the cat, encourages pet owners to be responsible and desex their animals. Bev Lacey

Army of vets to prevent army of pets

ONE single innocent kitten or puppy can potentially breed an army of unwanted animals.

Although the statistics are improving, Toowoomba vet Dr Graeme Turner hopes to see more people desex their pets.

"There is still a bit of an attitude out there about desexing animals," Dr Turner said.

"You see it in some blokes who are resistant to castrating their male dogs.

"Also there is an idea out there that pets have to be 'seasoned' or have had a litter before they are desexed but that is not the case whatsoever."

This month, vets around the country are rallying together in an effort to promote desexing as a part of responsible pet ownership.

"We want to raise awareness that it does need to be done," he said.

"Part of the problem of not desexing your animals is that you have to find homes for all of these animals which raises issues surrounding animal welfare."

In the past financial year, Toowoomba's RSPCA has received 347 unwanted puppies and 740 kittens. Desexing operations cost between $100 and $250 depending on the type and size of the animal.


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