Covid-19 Information and Updates - Updated 6 January 2021

To reduce the number of face-to-face interactions with the community and protect our staff and their ability to carry out ongoing essential services, the Derwent Valley Council Offices are open to the public from 10am - 4pm from Monday 24 August for essential visits only.

Council operating hours are still 8.15am – 5pm (Mon - Fri) and Council services can be accessed over the phone, by email or via our website. We encourage all enquiries by phone or email where possible.

Information on the Tasmanian Government and Council's response to COVID-19.

This information includes support available to individuals, business and community organisations including grant funding and mental health support and where to access further information around the pandemic and Council services.

Please stay home, save lives. Practise social distancing and good hygiene practises.

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Desexing Your Dog

Female Dogs

Neutering, desexing or spaying are all terms applied to the operation in which the ovaries and uterus are removed from the female animal.  The objective of spaying is to stop the dog from coming into heat or reproducing.  There are four main advantages to having female dogs spayed:- 

  • avoids unwanted pups, helping keep the huge population of abandoned dogs and pets down;
  • stops the dog coming into heat twice a year avoiding messy discharges and invasion from neighbourhood dogs;
  • almost eliminates any chance of breast cancer if spayed before their 1st season;
  • saves money on council registration and future vet bills regarding health and reproductive wellbeing of your pet;
  • increases the average life expectancy.

Male Dogs

Castration or desexing are the terms used to describe the procedure for male dogs.  In this operation both testicles are removed, thus removing the source of sperm and the male sex hormone (testosterone).  There are many advantages for desexing maledogs these include:- 

  • neutering your dog helps the overall aim of reducing the number of unwanted pups;
  • may make the dog less aggressive and more placid;
  • the dog is less likely to wander, roam and escape yards to mate or fight;
  • desexing prevents testicular cancer and reduces the chances of prostate problems, perineal hernias and hepatoid adenomas (anal tumours).