Show Some Love For A Shelter Senior Dog

In an ideal world, every shelter dog would find a loving forever home but sadly it’s the older ones that are usually the last to find homes and the first to be euthanized. 

There are a number of reasons why senior dogs are surrendered to shelters, such as a specific illness that requires medication, mobility issues or simply gastro-intestinal issues that make their dog “smelly”. Sometimes, the dog’s owner passes away and the family can’t or don’t want to care for the pet that is left behind. 

It is heartbreaking that, after years of unconditional love and devotion, when a dog needs care, comfort and companionship the most, its owner is prepared to discard them, like an old pair of shoes. 

Reasons why potential adopters may overlook these older dogs 

  • They may have, or may soon develop, health problems that require expensive medication 
  • They may have recently lost a pet and can’t bear the prospect of going through the same hurt again within a few years. 
  • Younger adopters may not find them as cute or energetic playmates as puppies  

The one thing I tend to see is that the older dogs are often just sitting quietly at the back of the kennel, not drawing attention to themselves, so people simply pass them by. What they often fail to realize is that poor dog has lived for years in a loving family home, so is feeling scared, abandoned and confused in their caged surroundings and they are just waiting patiently to be taken ‘home’ again.  

To see their true character, it’s important to interact with the dog outside the cage, to get to know them better and see if you have that special connection. 

 

 10 Reasons Why a Senior Furry Soulmate Could Be YOUR Perfect Companion  

#1 Senior dogs have better manners.  Having spent years living with a family, they have been socialized with humans and may even have been trained to at least respond to basic commands such as sit, stay and down. Many will also be house trained, so it won’t take long for them to pick up the potty rules in their new home.  

#2 What you see is what you get.  A senior dog holds no surprises as to how big they may grow, whether their coloring may change, or whether they will develop a genetic or breed-specific condition. Having knowledge of their past and present helps you better manage future expectations. 

#3 Senior pets are less destructive.  An older dog has grown out of the seek and destroy puppy phase, they’ve gone through their infant teething, so don’t chew on anything and everything and their mischief mayhem is replaced with calmer curiosity.  

#4 You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Adult dogs are less easily distracted than younger pups, so they can focus better on the task. Many will already know the basic commands, so it can be fun for both of you to learn new tricks and increase the bond between you. 

 

#5 A dog to match your own energy levels. As an older dog has less excess energy to burn off, they will be happier to go at a slower speed. So if you prefer to play frisbee in the yard or a walk in the park, rather than a mountain hike then an older dog may be the best fit for you. 
Oh, and it goes without saying that senior dogs make great snuggle buddies when you just want to kick back and relax at the end of a hard day! 

#6 Senior dogs and senior citizens make the perfect companions. Many elderly people crave companionship and can talk to their furry friend all day, every day, without judgement or criticism. Stroking an animal also has a proven soothing influence, that improves a human’s mood and wellbeing. 

#7 Adopting a senior dog is a relatively short-term commitment. Many people deny themselves the pleasure of a dog because their circumstances are likely to change in the next 8-15 years. Elderly people think their pet will outlive them and are worried about what would happen to them. A senior dog is the perfect solution for both scenarios. 

 

#8 Adopted seniors are more devoted. Dogs are always thought to have a sixth sense but, from my own personal experience, I truly believe that my senior adoptees really know they have been rescued and saved from years spent in a cage or an even worse fate.  They show true devotion and are really eager to please, as if they are showing gratitude for me rescuing them.  

# 9 You Can Pick Your Perfect Pooch.  Whether you want a certain size dog, or a non-shedding breed, one that’s cat-friendly or one that likes travelling in cars, you can cater for your specific requirements.  
 
Many rescue centers have photos and details of dogs available for adoptions on their websites, so you can make your initial shortlist before arranging a visit in person. There are also some rescue organizations that specialize in specific breeds, which will not only match you up with the dog of your dreams but also provide specialist ongoing advice and support. 
 

BUT don’t be surprized if you end up going home with a totally different dog than you went for – you’ll only know which is the right one for you once you get there! 

 

#10 It is in the giving that we receive. This is undeniably illustrated when you give a rescue dog a home, for you will receive unconditional love and loyalty that money just can’t buy! 

 

As we head into the holiday season, many people look for ways to be charitable. One person can’t save every dog but every person can save one dog from having to spend their remaining time in a shelter.  

So, if you’re planning on getting a new furry addition to your family, I hope you will consider opening your heart and your home to a senior shelter dog. It’s sure to put a new spring in both of your steps! 

 

 

 

Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team     

Don’t Turn Halloween into a ‘Howl’oween for Your Dog!

 

Well the countdown to Halloween has begun and it is undoubtedly one of the most popular holidays for the family to share.

Unfortunately, we also have to mindful that this fun and treat-filled time, also brings potential harm and danger to our furry friends, especially if they are included in trick or treating.

Don’t forget that a dog’s hearing is much better than ours, so the noises are even more magnified and can make them stressed and scared.

Here are four ‘fangtastic’ tips to help keep your dog safe and sound while still having some fun!

 

#1       Is your dog Trick or Treating with you?

Unless your dog is extremely calm around loud noises, including fireworks, then the safest bet is probably to leave them at home.

However, if you feel they can cope with being part of the Trick or Treat crew, please just be mindful of a few pointers below, to make this an enjoyable event for all:

  • IMPORTANT: Do NOT allow your dog to eat ANY candy or treats collected. These may contain Xylitol (artificial sweetener), chocolate or other ingredients that are poisonous to your dog and could be life-threatening. Bring some of their favorite doggie treats with you instead, so they don’t feel excluded. (You could even try out the recipe for Halloween doggie treats posted on Facebook this Tuesday).
  • Do NOT encourage or allow strangers to pet your dog – especially if they are in scary costumes!
  • Keep your dog on a leash AT ALL TIMES – there are all manner of things that could easily spook your pooch and the ‘fight or flight’ reaction kicks in. Remember that your dog is your guardian (in their eyes) and protecting you is their No.1 job, so it is easy for them to misinterpret playful Halloween antics as a threat towards you that they need to defend.
  • Keep your dog’s inquisitive snout and costume away from lit candles or pumpkins.
  • Bring along a poop-bag in case your dog needs to relieve themselves.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their ID tag. It’s also an ideal time to check that the microchip company have your up to date details, so you can be quickly reunited with your runaway pet, if they get spooked.

#2       Have a dress rehearsal

Costumes on dogs can bring a smile to anyone’s face, but this should not be at the expense of your pet’s comfort. If you are planning on dressing up your dog, have a dress rehearsal at least a couple of times before the event. This will give you an opportunity to see how your dog reacts and give them a chance to get used to it.

The costume should NEVER impede their movement, breathing, hearing or vision, as this may cause your pet unnecessary stress. Also, keep checking to make sure there are no wardrobe malfunctions as you do the Trick or Treat circuit.

Please note that if your dog licks their lips, yawns, shows a half moon of white in their eyes, turns away from you, tries to escape, growls or puts his teeth on you or the costume, these are sure fire clues that they are not comfortable. Try to scale the costume down or perhaps just revert to a jaunty coat or neckerchief/bandana.

The rest of the family also need to take part in the dress rehearsal, as your pooch may not even recognize you in your costumes, may be startled/scared by them, or become over-excited by dangling accessories or flowing fabric that they constantly want to chase or chew!

 

#3       Will your hound be home alone?

Here are a few top tips to help reduce your best friend’s stress levels:

  • If your furry friend isn’t up to Trick or Treating, make sure they are snuggled up with their favorite blanket and toy in a quiet room in the house, away from the front door. They may actual prefer being in their covered over crate, where they feel safe and secure.
  • Give them a kong filled with treats or a long-lasting chew to keep them occupied.
  • Turn on the radio or TV to help drown out the scary noises.
  • If your dog usually barks when the doorbell rings or when someone passes by the window, then disconnect the bell and close the dra
  • NEVER leave your dog in the yard around Halloween (even if you are at home!). It’s a sad fact that many pets are subjected to vicious pranks, injured, stolen or even killed on Halloween, so make sure they are kept safe and secure indoors.
  • Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach. While these are safer than candles, you don’t want an anxious or mischievous pooch chewing wires or batteries, that could potentially lead to a life-threatening electric shock , chemical burns or intestinal damage.

#4       Greeting Trick or Treaters at home?

Staying indoors with your furry friends at Halloween is probably their favorite option (and perhaps yours!), but you may still be prepared to welcome Trick or Treaters to your home.

However, please remember that your dog’s inbred duty is to protect both you (their family) and their territory (your home). A constant flow of strangers and screaming children dressed in scary costumes can cause a normally placid dog to become agitated and even aggressive, because they think their family is being threatened.

A loud barking dog can also be very scary and intimidating, especially to young children, so keeping the dog away from all the excitement may be the best option for all. Also, the last thing you want is for your spooked pooch to bolt out the door into the night and an even more dangerous and scary environment.

 

Wishing you and your canine companions a safe and happy Halloween!

 

 

 

 

Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team

Are You Killing Your Pet With “Kindness”?

 

It seems like it’s not just us two-legged animals who have been waging a battle against obesity – turns out our pets are fighting the same war… and losing. According to CBS affiliate KCNC, a new study conducted in part by vets at the University of Georgia shows that more than half of pets in the U.S. are overweight and 55% of dogs qualify as obese.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a nutritional disease which is defined by an excess of body fat. Dogs that are over-fed, lack the ability to exercise, or that have a tendency to retain weight, especially house dogs, are the most at risk for becoming obese. Multiple areas of the body are affected by excess body fat, including the bones and joints, the digestive organs, and the organs responsible for breathing capacity.

Obesity is common in dogs of all ages, but it usually occurs in middle-aged dogs, and generally in those between the ages of 5 and 10.

Obesity is not only a weight-bearing issue for your best friend; It can also lead to secondary health complications, ranging from malnourishment to arthritis and can significantly reduce their lifespan.

HEALTH RISKS IN OVERWEIGHT & OBESE DOGS

Just like humans, dogs carrying extra pounds of weight place extra demands on virtually all the organs of their bodies, as well as their digestive systems. When we overload these organs, disease 

and sometimes death are the consequences. The health risks to overweight dogs are serious and every dog owner should be aware of them.

The most common consequence in overweight dogs is the development of serious joint issues. The bones, joints, muscles, and associated tendons and ligaments all work together to give the dog smooth and efficient movement. If they are required to carry excess weight, they lose the ease of flow & flexibility, increase wear & tear and become damaged.

Arthritis can develop as your dog gets older and the pain and joint changes associated with this and Hip Dysplasia can become markedly more severe with excess weight. Suitable supplements may be used in conjunction with a weight loss program, to help ease the pain and enable them to enjoy playtime again – an ideal way to burn off some extra canine calories!

The Most Common Obesity-Related Conditions for Dogs

  1. Arthritis & Poor Joint Health
  2. Diabetes
  3. Torn Knee Ligaments
  4. Heart & Respiratory Disease
  5. Chronic Kidney Disease
  6. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
  7. Low Thyroid Hormone Production
  8. Liver Disease
  9. Diseased Disc in the Spine
  10. Cancer

“There’s just more of my dog to love!”

There’s no arguing with that –  But wouldn’t you prefer your furry best friend to have a long, healthy and happy life?

Now, let’s be honest, our furry friends can’t get the lid off the cookie jar themselves and most love food so much they never know when to stop eating. So, aside from the few suffering specific diseases that can cause weight gain, we, as responsible dog-owners, have total control over what they eat. We see them every day, know what and how often they eat and what exercise they do. So, there is no-one better placed to notice if your pooch is getting a bit podgy!

Other simple steps to help keep a pet’s weight in check include:

  • Don’t feed your pet table scraps
  • Serve the correct food measure recommended for your pet, not just what’s written on the dog food label
  • Understand when to switch from puppy to adult food
  • Limit treats and ensure they are healthy treats. Normally, they should not be more than 10% of your dog’s daily nutrition, but if you are using more treats for reinforcement training, then just reduce one of their meals
  • Establish a realistic exercise regimen. Ideally dogs should have at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. However, if your dog is overweight and under-exercised, DO NOT throw your pooch into vigorous activities such as chase & retrieve ball or frisbee. If their weight issue has rendered them couch potatoes, you may do more harm than good, so consult your veterinarian first to agree a specific weight management and exercise program.
  • You should be able to see your dogs waistline or run your fingers across their rib cage and feel the bones with out pushing down on your dog.As a basic guideline, you should be able You should be able to see your dogs waistline or run your fingers across their rib cage and feel the bones with out pushing down on your dog.to see their waistline or run your hands over their ribcage and feel the bones without having to press down on your dog.

Are table scraps really so bad for my dog?

 

I know it’s so hard to resist! You hear a whine from under the dinner table and there sits your dog, looking at you with those soulful eyes, longing for you to toss them a piece of whatever it is you’re eating. It wouldn’t be so bad if it was a carrot or a broccoli spear, but the precedent for doggie table manners is set and other times, you may have less healthy things on your plate, like pizza or cookies. “What harm can a “little” cookie do?” I hear you cry.

The problem is that, given the size difference between humans and pets, a small portion of something for us can almost constitute a meal for your dog in terms of calories. To put this into perspective, let’s look at a common example of a human snack and the caloric equivalent if fed to a 20lb dog. (So, the smaller the dog, the bigger the equivalent!)

1 oatmeal cookie to a 20lb dog is the   same as a human eating a hamburger or a bar of chocolate

 

 

“A little of what you fancy does you good”

I don’t think for one minute that any responsible dog owner would overfeed their beloved pet with table scraps, if they knew it would have life-threatening health issues. The fact is that people get joy from sharing their food with their furry best friends and dogs love receiving ‘treats’ from their owner.

So, I’m not suggesting we deny ourselves this mutual pleasure, it’s just a case of moderation and only giving them suitable low-fat scraps. Or replace table scraps with healthy low-calorie dog treats instead, such as carrots (great for teeth too!) or sliced apple (great source of Vitamins A & C BUT no core or seeds please!).

Definitely DO NOT throw them cooked bones, as these can break and leave a jagged edge that can scratch or puncture a dog’s esophagus or gastrointestinal system.

What do veterinarians have to say on the matter?

Many veterinarians dislike the idea of feeding table scraps to dogs for 3 main reasons:

  1. If scraps are all you feed your dog, or they have so many it puts them off their normal food, then they won’t get the nutritional balanced diet required to maintain good health and wellbeing.
  2. Vets often see dogs with pancreatitis, which can occur when a dog eats rich food they’re not used to, such as table scraps that contain lots of fat. Needless to say, the number of pancreatitis cases soar after Thanksgiving and other ‘special occasion’ meals.
  3. Many people could accidentally feed them something that is toxic to dogs, such as chocolate or grapes – or dangerous, such as cooked bones. Click here to see list of toxic foods

I hope this article helps anybody that is concerned about their furry best friend’s weight, but if you have any concerns, please consult with your veterinarian.

Wishing you and your canine companions the best of health – always!

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team

FINDING YOUR PERFECT MATCH…OF THE CANINE VARIETY!

By Helen Broadley for FidoActive 

May 1 is National Purebred Dog Day and there’s lots to celebrate about dogs, whatever their shape or size!

Often people want a pedigree because they have an affinity with a particular breed through family tradition or they have a specific requirement, such as a ‘no-shedding’ coat because of a human allergy or a specific purpose such as search and rescue. The main difference with a pure breed and a mixed breed is that their lineage is all the same breed. With that comes the knowledge of specific traits in both looks, personality, energy levels, behavior and trainability.

There are undoubtedly some beautiful pure breeds and their attraction is understandable BUT please remember to check with shelters first, such as Petfinder, who have a national register of pure breeds for adoption. https://www.petfinder.com/ 

CURLY

This handsome boy is a Treeing Walker Coonhound, who arrived at the Pet Adoption Fund in Canoga Park CA with his brother Blue.

They lost their home due to a military family move. They love people and would love a hound-loving home to call their forever home.

They are super friendly, (they even tested well with cats) active and playful but would need a secure fenced yard. Ideally these brothers would love to be re-homed together but, if separated, they would prefer another dog to pal with or someone who is home most of the day.

When I was only 8 years old, my parents rescued an Irish Setter from a breeder who was retiring. Although his intentions were good, his standards were obviously slipping and ‘Rory’ (or “Conqueror of Glen Rory” to give him his proper pedigree name) was looking a bit defeated and underweight, with a lacklustre red coat. His brown eyes melted our hearts.

It was totally unexpected, as we were on vacation when we met him. In fact, we were actually on the way home; the car was packed with Mom and Dad, three kids, our poodle and all our camping gear, talking about our lovely encounter with Rory and none of us could bear the thought of leaving him behind – so my wonderful Dad turned the car around and we went to collect him. We didn’t even notice the cramped journey home, because we were all so besotted with our new family addition (including ‘Pogo’ our Poodle!).

That wonderful dog was both my friend and protector, so Irish Setters will always have a special place in my heart – I would therefore like to share with you a couple of examples of these handsome hounds that are looking for their forever home…

 

BAILEY

This handsome 6-year-old Irish Setter is a former AKC show dog, but unfortunately his owner passed away and so he found himself at the ‘Luv Me again’ shelter in Bloomington MN looking for a new home.

How could you resist?

There are, of course, some more challenging cases that find their way to shelters, through no fault of their own. All they normally need is a bit of love, patience and understanding.

 

 

AIDAN

This adorable Irish Setter is a 1-year old pup looking for his forever home. He’s house-trained, neutered and up to date on vaccinations, but needs an adult human prepared to give him the time and training required to undo the bad habits instilled by his previous owner.

I’m sure the rewards would be well worth the effort though!

If you have no luck in your shelter search, then the alternative is to find a RESPONSIBLE breeder – you need to see exactly where your puppy came from and how they were raised.

One way to find the pure breed dog of your dreams is via the American Kennel Club, an organization that has been an advocate for purebred dogs and breeding since its founding in 1884. They have a registry of breeders who adhere to the AKC’s Care and Conditions Policy and undergo regular inspections by the AKC, which ensure both the dogs and the kennels are in tip-top condition. Check this link for available pure bred puppies from AKC Marketplace.

Whichever route you take, I am sure you will find your perfect match and an unconditional love for life!

 

 

 

Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team

You can find out more about FidoActive and their all-natural products on their website: www.fidoactive.com

 

 

TO SPAY OR NOT TO SPAY THAT IS THE QUESTION…

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ Article attribution & links:

https://dogtime.com/dog-health/spay-neuter/10049-spay-daybrings-awareness-to-pet-overpopulation-problem

http://www.humanesocietyall.com/spayneuter/

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Why are probiotics so important after surgery?

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.
The problem is, when the friendly flora is killed in the body by antibiotics, harmful bacteria and yeast is free to grow again unchecked.

How Can I Help My Dog While on Antibiotics?

A canine probiotic must be administered to your dog to supplement the healthy bacteria that has been killed by the antibiotics. The right probiotic supplement for your dog will put the good bacteria back into his gut and fortify their immune system. This is a completely holistic method of treatment and offers zero negative side effects. 
There is no risk of over-supplementation with probiotics. In fact, after their round of antibiotics has completed, you should give them huge doses of probiotics twice per day to avoid yeast and bad bacteria overgrowth. This will also speed up the healing process if they had to have surgery.

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FidoActive supply your canine companion with specially formulated supplements to make sure they don’t suffer in silence. We also understand that, as dogs get older, they tend to get more sensitive stomachs and find it harder to process harsh medicines.

That’s why FidoActive’s unique formulas are made of the highest quality, 100% natural, USA sourced ingredients, completely free of artificial flavors and colorings, providing a gentler and safer solution to their pain relief and overall wellbeing, without the additional expense and potential side effects of medicines and NSAIDs.

There is no better way to get your four-legged friend back on their paws again!

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