Desexing & Tattooing Desexing & Tattooing

The Act does not impose compulsory desexing (except for regulated dangerous dogs) however it is encouraged by Council as it can have great health, behavioural and cost benefits for the animal and the owner.

Health benefits
  • Desexing reduces the risk of getting diseases of the reproductive organs; and
  • Desexed pets generally live longer and healthier lives.
Behavioural benefits
  •  Desexed pets are less prone to wander or fight and are less likely to get lost or injured;
  •  Desexing reduces territorial behaviour, such as spraying;
  •  Desexed pets are less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours;
  •  Desexing eliminates “heat” cycles in female cats and dogs and their efforts to get outside in search for a mate, or neighbourhood male cats and dogs from creating a nuisance; and
  •  Desexing eliminates male dogs’ urge to “mount” people’s legs etc.

For further information on desexing please access the Department of Infrastructure and Planning website