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De-sex your dog

​When you can get your dog de-sexed

  • Dogs can be de-sexed from six months of age.
  • If a female dog (bitch) is in heat, de-sexing can be done four weeks after. To learn more about this, speak to your vet.

What you need to do

Book a de-sexing appointment with a vet. You can find a vet through the Yellow Pages.

Our tip

Only a veterinarian is allowed to perform a de-sexing operation. To know more, see the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

Cost of de-sexing

The cost varies among vets.

Free de-sexing

We are running a free de-sexing campaign for registered dogs:

  • classified as dangerous or menacing
  • residing in Ōtara.

We are offering this service to help control the overpopulation of dogs across Tāmaki Makaurau/ Auckland. One dollar from each registration fee goes towards funding free de-sexing.

To be eligible for free de-sexing, you must Register your dog.

Apply for free de-sexing

What happens during and after de-sexing procedure

The vet will remove your dog's reproductive organs while it is under an anaesthetic.

You will be able to take your dog home the same day, unless the vet advises you otherwise.

Financial assistance

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