Archive | February 2014

10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

 

  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
    Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
  2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
  3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
    While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
  4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
    An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
  5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
    Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
    Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
  7. It is highly cost-effective.
    The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
  8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
    Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
  9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
    Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
  10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
    Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

 

-information provided by the ASPCA and the Humane Society

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Pyometra and the Importance of Spaying Your Pet

On January 16th, 2014 a concerned owner brought in a 6-year-old mixed breed female dog, “Tara” for not feeling well, and because she was urinating more frequently. We took a couple of X-Rays and also performed a Urinalysis to determine what was going on. After reviewing the results Dr. Current diagnosed a Pyometra, which is a disease mainly affecting middle-aged female dogs that have not been spayed. It is a bacterial infection of the uterus following an estrus cycle. When Pyometra occurs, the body will attempt to eliminate the problem by carrying the wastes and excess fluid through the bloodstream to the kidneys. Untreated, this disease can be fatal. Pyometra is a common and serious problem and is just one of many reasons to have your female pet spayed at an early age. The cost for a spay, depending on age and weight of the patient, ranges from $165 – $245 while the cost to treat Pyometra ranges from $500 – $900. It is much less expensive to have your pet spayed. Signs of a Pyometra may include: drinking excessive amounts of water, urinating more frequently, licking her vaginal area, white fluid discharge from vulva (which may or may not occur), fever, weakness in rear legs from the uterus increasing in size, increased white blood cell count found by blood work, when entering kidney failure they become very lethargic and do not want to eat, also watch for abdominal swelling. So if you notice any or all of these symptoms, please contact us right away to schedule an appointment at one of our clinics. It is better to be safe than sorry! Since the toxicity of a Pyometra may occur quickly, it is very important to perform surgery right away, which is a procedure called an Ovariohysterectomy (spay). We did perform surgery on “Tara” that very same day, and also gave her antibiotics to take home. She has had a very smooth recovery, and we are glad to report that she is doing great!Image