Did you know it’s spay/neuter awareness month? This is such an important topic and procedure for our pets overall wellbeing. There are many benefits of spaying and neutering our pets including: improved health outlook, improved temperament, a declining homeless pet population and a reduction in the expense associated with breeding. The decision to spay or neuter your pet is an important one as a pet owner. It can be the single best decision you make for your fur babies! Here are some medical benefits on spaying/neutering your pets:
No matter hold old your pet is, it’s never too late to spay/neuter! xo
♥Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
♥Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
♥Your spayed female pet 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!
♥Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.
♥Your neutered male may be better behaved. Un-neutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Nope- not something you want to happen! Your happy K9 might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.
Pet overpopulation is an issue that affects every local community. There is rarely a time when local shelters are not bursting at the seams with unwanted and stray animals. If all pet owners spayed and neutered their pets, 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 forced into homelessness in other situations. Spay/neuter our pets is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation.
It’s spay/neuter awareness month! If you have any concerns, talk with your vet about them. Here at Pacific Animal Hospital, we have a money saving spay/neuter wellness program! We would love to talk with you about it and answer any of your questions! Please don’t hesitate to call us at (760) 757-2442. It’s spay/neuter awareness month! Pass it on!
The New Year is in motion and we can finally go back to our routines. It was great seeing family during the holidays and we all had our share of holiday food and entertainment. With the holidays came new additions to the family. Puppy, kitty, Buddy and Daisy are happy to be with their new family and now is the best time to start with their training. Yes – you can train Kitty too! Here are some reasons why we should train our pets:
1) Build a Positive Relationship: One of the best ways to build a healthier relationship with Buddy is to make it rewarding, successful and easy as possible for the both of you. Positive training, which rewards and motivates a pet for good behavior, allows you to develop a relationship with your pet based on mutual trust and respect, instead of fear and intimidation. Our faithful companions that are taught using positive reinforcement methods are more tolerant and self-controlled and behave much more predictably in different situations. When giving treats as a reward, some dogs are allergic to specific items, such as certain protein sources, gluten, or grains like wheat and corn, so they should only be given chew treats that are free of those allergy triggers. Read the ingredients list of any treats you give your four-legged friend to be sure that you are doing your best to help keep him both happy and healthy!
2) Basic Manners 101: Every pet needs to learn how to live successfully in a home environment. Teaching your pets basic manner skills and providing them with enough mental enrichment and physical exercise will prevent them from developing anxiety and other stress related behaviors such as destructive chewing, inappropriate barking and aggressive display.
3) Socialization: Social interaction will give your pet the confidence to deal with the pressures training your pet to have good manners and behave well in different situations requires effort, but consistent commitment ensures success. We have high expectations for our pets, encouraging them to be friendly with everyone they meet, even if they are uncomfortable in certain situations. It is vital to socialize Buddy by giving him good experiences in the presence of all kinds of people, animals and environments. As for Kitty, socializing with only his siblings is best.
4) Kitty Training 101: Cats are really smart and they can be trained. Start to train them while they are still kittens to like their carrier. This is most helpful as they grow and need to visit their vet. Make it a positive situation. Put Kitty in his carrier and carry him to a different area of the home. Open the carrier and praise, love and give him a treat! This way he won’t associate the carrier with vet time. There are other ways to train a feline and yes – there are even cat trainers!
4) Loyal and Companion: Pet parents who make time to teach their pets lead more fulfilling lives with their canine companions. A healthy balance of learning manners, encouraging sociability and providing your pet with the right kind of outlets will ensure them success. Having trained pets will make life so much easier for everyone and your pets will understand what is expected from them once trained. Both you and your pets will have an amazing bonding experience throughout the years!
Get involved in the training classes with your trainer and ask questions! Training your pet is an investment and like all pet parents, you want the best for your pets! If you’re not sure where to start, please call Pacific Animal Hospital and we’ll be happy to help you! We are open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm. Basic Manners 101 will be so rewarding for everyone!
2017 is almost here! Are you and your pets ready? Don’t forget to make a list for your fur babies New Year resolution too! With the everyday hustle and bustle, we tend to put things aside and before you know it- yep…it’s the end of the year. What a great way to start off the New Year and get your pets on a healthy schedule! Here are some important resolutions for your healthy pets:
Date with their Vet: Twice a year examinations by your veterinarian is very important. Many medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or obesity are common in aging pets and much easier to manage when detected in the early stages of the disease process. Veterinary visits are also the perfect time to ask for advice, update your pet’s food, or get an expert opinion on any behavioral issues that may be affecting bonding time with your pet.
Oral Hygiene: Daily tooth brushing is the best way to keep tartar and plaque away. Be sure to use toothpaste meant for dogs and cats. Water additives, dental diets, and treats designed to reduce tartar can also be a helpful tool in keeping teeth clean. Regular yearly cleaning by your veterinarian is the best way to keep those pearly whites in tip top shape long into your pet’s senior years.
Weight Management/Exercise: If you, like me have this on your list, then it’s important for your pet as well. The recommended feeding guidelines on the bag are a good place to start to figure out how much food Max or Kitty really needs. The best person to ask is your vet. If your pet needs to lose a couple of pounds, your Dr. can prescribe a diet. As for exercise, if your pet is social, the best place to get exercise and mingle with furry friends is at a doggy daycare or a park that is enclosed for pets that want to run and play with parents supervising.
Grooming: Just like us, your pet needs their coat brushed/combed and shampooed for upkeep. Keeping their skin and coat clean is a benefit for the both of you. When brushing out your pet, it removes excess fur from the coat and you have amazing bonding time with each other. Tangled, matted hair can be painful if not taken care of. This type of coat won’t go away and it would be best to make an appointment with your groomer.
Pet Identification: I.D. tags can wear and tear. Order a new one for the New Year! If you have moved or have a new phone number, make sure the new information is on the tags. If you are taking your pets camping with you etc., make sure the phone number on the tag is with you and you can get reception. If any of your contact information has changed in 2016, don’t wait — update their tags and microchip information today! It’s the best way to ensure a lost pet makes their way safely home.
Start off the New Year with a positive and fun. Stay on track with your pet’s preventative care- this is so important. Our pets can’t talk and tell us what’s bothering them or where it hurts. Routine twice a year vet checks is worth the visit! If you have any questions or concerns about your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us! Have a very happy New Year and thank you for letting us take care of your fur babies!