February 28, 2017
The 23rd Annual World Spay Day is marked each year on the last Tuesday of the month of February.
World Spay Day is the culmination of Spay/Neuter Awareness month and is designed to shine a light on the importance of spaying or neutering companion animals across the country and around the world.
Spaying or neutering pets prevents animals from being born accidentally and is the most effective way to save animals lives. Spaying and neutering is a simple and proven humane solution to reducing pet populations.
What is Spaying & Neutering?
A spay is the surgical removal of a female animal’s reproductive organs so that she cannot become pregnant. Spaying is usually performed at or before the age of 6 months but not before the age of 8 weeks and there is no upper limit on spaying an animal. Weight in younger animals and the health of older animals will need to be taken into consideration to ensure a positive outcome from the surgery. A spayed female is considered sterile immediately following her surgery
A neuter is the surgical removal of a male animal’s testes so that he cannot impregnate a female. The penis is not operated on and the outer sac that once held the testes are left intact. Neutering is normally performed between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months and can be performed on older animals as long as their health is not an issue. A neutered male is not considered sterile straight away and should not be in the vicinity of female in heat for at least 4 weeks to ensure that pregnancy does not occur.
These surgeries will be performed by a veterinarian while animals are under anaesthesia so that they do not feel any pain. The animal will feel some discomfort after the surgery but most veterinarians will provide medication to help ease the soreness.
6 Benefits of Spaying & Neutering
There are many benefits of spaying and neutering for you, your pet and your community resulting in your furry friend having a longer, healthier lifestyle.
Your companion will live a longer, healthier life and you will experience fewer headaches if you get him or her spayed or neutered.
#1 Reduction in Homeless Pet Population
It is a fact of life that local shelters are bursting at the seams with unwanted and stray animals. If all pet owners spayed and neutered their animals local shelters would experience a reduction in their populations. This reduction would not only result in less animals living on the streets and being put to sleep in shelters, but it would also result in increased room in shelters for animals that are thrust in to homelessness due to other situations.#2 Reduction in Health Effects
One of the biggest benefits from spaying and neutering animals is the reduction in the prevalence of specific types of cancer. Males that are neutered experience a reduction in testicular cancer, non-cancerous prostate disorders, a reduction in perineal fistulas and also a reduction in risk for diabetes. Females that are spayed experience a reduction in mammary tumors, uterine, ovarian and cervical tumors; as well a significant reduction in pyometra and perineal fistulas.
Spaying and neutering can add 1 to 3 years to your dog’s life!
#3 Reduction in Breed Dilution
One of the biggest reasons why true pet lovers choose to spay and neuter their pet is due to their love of the breed. Each specific breed of dog has particular standards set out by the American Kennel Club determining what makes a dog the best of its breed. These standards outline everything from height to color to markings and include health clearance of hips, eyes, elbows and heart health. All of these characteristics come together to make a dog healthy and that is guaranteed to lead to an overall better breed. By spaying and neutering dogs that are not the best of the breed prevents breed dilution, thereby ensuring that healthy breeding lines live on and dogs experience fewer genetic health concerns.
#4 Improvement in Behavior
Spaying and neutering can reduce the type of behaviors which occur during hormone release and its effects on the demeanor of the animal:
- Dominance and bullheadedness due to surges in testosterone; making them difficult to control and train.
- Marking behavior and shows of dominance and aggression
- “Roaming” in the search of a mate.
- Frustration in resisting the natural urge to mate. Your companion will be less distracted, more easily trained, and a more contented member of your family.
#5 Elimination of Mess Factor
Mating is a messy business: the males release ejaculate and the females experience menstruation.
During the heat cycle, which occurs approximately twice a year and last three weeks, the female bleeds can begin as early as six months old. She will need to wear protective garments – these will need to be changed frequently – to prevent the spotting of blood around the home.
#6 Cost of Pregnancy
The cost of both pregnancy and raising young is an expensive business. The pregnant female requires supplementation with vitamins in addition to a higher quality dog food. Regular veterinarian checkups are a must to ensure the health of offspring as well as the mother to be.
There are a number of conditions or complications that may arise during the birthing process that require veterinary intervention is required which may result in a costly bill as well as supply of premium food for the nursing mother and the puppies will require regular medical checkups and preventative medication.
Statistics on Pet Spaying and Neutering
Setting the record straight – 10 Myths about spaying/neutering your furry friend
| # 1 My pet will get fat and lazy.
||It is true that spaying or neutering can reduce overall activity and make hormonal changes within a pet’s body the main reason pets get fat and lazy is because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise. If you control their food intake and provide the exercise they need your pets will stay beautifully trim and feel better for it.
| # 2 It’s healthier for female dogs to have a litter before being spayed.
||Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier.
Neutering males will reduce their urge travel to seek out a mate as well as marking his territory by spraying.
Many veterinarians now will sterilize dogs as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.
| # 3 My children should experience the miracle of birth.
||Even if children are able to see a pet give birth—which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion—the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.
There are plenty of DVDs that can be rented that depict the miracle of birth and they are far cheaper than seeing a dog through pregnancy, delivery and puppyhood.
| # 4 But my pet is a purebred.
||Purebreds and their offspring also end up homeless in shelters.
Purebreds not spayed or neutered can also contribute to the problem of overpopulation, with at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters & rescues, around the country, being a purebred. Unfortunately being a purebred does not exempt a dog from ending up in a shelter. There are just too many dogs —mixed breed and purebred.
| # 5 Spaying and Neutering Will Make My Dog less Protective
||Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. If anything, hard-headed and roaming behavior as well as any problem aggression will be curtailed which benefits everyone. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
| # 6 I don’t want my male dog to feel like less of a male.
||Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered. However, being neutered does prevent him from potentially developing testicular cancer that could have been prevented.
| # 7 But my dog is so special, I want a puppy just like him/her.
||A dog may be a great pet, but that doesn’t mean their offspring will be a carbon copy unless you clone the pet. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can’t guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. So the chances are even slimmer for a pet owner. In fact, an entire litter of puppies might inherit all of a pet’s (and her mate’s) worst qualities.
| # 8 It’s too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
||The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarian’s fees, and a number of other variables.
Spaying or neutering surgery is a one-time cost and a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits and should be weighed up against the
cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs if complications develop. Most importantly, it’s a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.
Many vet clinics and shelters offer discount spay and neuter services to help families with financial constraints to provide for their pet. If you already own a dog and cannot afford discount spaying and neutering due to unexpected financial constraints contact your local veterinarian or animal shelter and explain your circumstances and they may be able to help.
It needs to be noted that discount spay and neuter services are performed by licensed vets and you should ensure you understand the after-care offered.
| # 9 I’ll find good homes for all the puppies.
||You may find homes for all of your pet’s litter. However, if each of the great homes ready to welcome your pet’s offspring would instead adopt from a shelter, they – and you – could potentially save the lives of deserving animals waiting for a new home.
||Also, in less than one year’s time, each of your pet’s offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.
| # 10 What if the surgery goes wrong?
||Concerns over something happening during surgery are very real for pet owners. The biggest concern when it comes to surgery is administration of anesthesia. Spaying and neutering surgeries are very routine, they are performed multiple times daily and there is no reason to be concerned over the surgery itself going wrong. If you are concerned about how your dog may react to anesthesia make sure to share this concern with your veterinarian. There are some animals that do show a particular sensitivity to anesthesia, for these animals it is particularly important to run pre-surgical blood work and to keep a close eye on them during the surgical process. In general however, these routine surgeries prevent more complications in the future than they ever cause.
In conclusion, many veterinarians and spay/neuter clinics offer special rates in honor of World Spay Day, while others hold raffles and events.
Even if you miss out on World Spay Day 2017 for your pet, no worries you can still participate by:
- Making an appointment to have your four-legged friend spayed or neutered
- Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue organization,
- Volunteering or donating to organizations that promote the cause of spaying/neutering in your community.
Wishing you and your canine companion(s) the best of health!
The FidoActive Team
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The Purpose of Antibiotics for Dogs
Antibiotics are used for treatment or prevention of bacterial infection in dogs and for preventing infection after surgery. The antibiotics work on killing ALL BACTERIA indiscriminately in the body, harmful bacteria and good bacteria as well.
What is Antibiotic Stress?
Antibiotics Stress in Dogs is a real problem. A healthy canine body naturally contains a proper balance of flora (good bacteria) in the intestinal tract. Healthy flora or “probiotics”, keep harmful bacteria in check. When antibiotics are introduced to the body, the healthy balance is destroyed and most bacteria is killed, including friendly a harmful antibodies.
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