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Most dogs do not have to be de-sexed (this is also called sterilised, fixed, spayed, neutered or castrated).
Most dogs are de-sexed between 3 and 6 months of age but it should be done before your dog is 5 or 6 months old.
RSPCA Australia recommends early age de-sexing from the age of 8 weeks because it is simpler and recovery is faster.
De-sexing is an operation safely carried out by a trained vet who has the right equipment.
It is against the law for a person to carry out this operation if they are not a registered vet.
Yes, dangerous or restricted breed dogs must be de-sexed and microchipped at the cost of the owner.
A dangerous or restricted breed dog that is not de-sexed and microchipped may be seized and held in a pound by a council.
Find out more about dangerous dogs.