Flowers aren’t the only things that bloom in Spring – puppies and kittens are also in full season!
Everyone loves puppies and kittens, but they do grow up and become dogs and cats. It is very important to spay and neuter your pets. Unfortunately, some people aren’t as interested in them when they grow up and they end up in shelters like the SPCA, the District Pound or WAG (Whistler Animals Galore). Shelters all around the world are filled with adult dogs and cats. Spaying and neutering helps reduce the pet population problem and get existing pets into loving homes.
Spaying and neutering pets will help them live longer, healthier lives. Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer in females. Neutering reduces the risk of testicular cancer. Having your animal neutered reduces certain behaviours such as roaming, marking, mounting and fighting. Many dogs feel threatened by an un-neutered male dog and his scent and may display aggression towards him. Females that have not been spayed may lure males to them and can also cause tension between the male dogs.
Before your pet goes under anesthetic for any surgical procedure, it is very important to have their blood work analyzed. Even though our pets may appear to be healthy based on physical appearance and activity, many clinical signs of disease do not develop until late in the disease process. Pets can’t tell us when they don’t feel 100% and because of their instinct to protect themselves, many animals will hide their illness. Performing blood work will detect early changes in your pet and allow us to begin treating them. Pre-anesthetic blood work can alert us to any hidden problems that your pet may have before they undergo surgery. With this knowledge, we may elect to continue with the anesthetic/surgical procedure, modify the anesthetic regimen or perhaps start your pet on some medication. While performing blood work can’t guarantee that your pet will not have any problems with the anesthesia or surgical procedure, it can significantly minimize the risk to your pet and give all of us peace of mind before the surgery.