Why You Should Spay or Neuter the Family Pet

Why You Should Spay or Neuter the Family Pet

Your pets, both female and male can benefit from being spayed or neutered. The choice to spay or neuter your pet is something very important to consider. You should weigh out all the options and discuss with your veterinarian to make the very best choice for your pet. Spaying is a surgical sterilization done to female animals to extract the ovaries and uterus. Neutering is a procedure done to the male dog or cat by removing the testicles.

By spaying or neutering you can:

  • Decrease the amount of homeless dogs and cats
  • Protect your pet’s health
  • Avoid disruptive behavior
  • Save money on pet care​

In the U.S. there are homeless dogs and cats everywhere. Each year millions of animals enter shelters. Less than half of these poor animals get adopted and the remaining are euthanized. The best way to help decrease these numbers is to spay or neuter your pets.

  • Spaying helps females avoid uterine infections and breast cancer.
  • Spayed pets don’t go into heat and don’t have the need to mate.
  • Spaying and /or Neutering prevents overpopulation by having unwanted puppies or kittens.
  • Your male dog will be less likely to get testicular cancer if he is neutered.
  • A neutered dog or cat won’t have the urge to find a mate and will be more behaved.

When dogs and cats are in heat, they go wandering and come in contact with other animals, get hit by cars and many other undesirable situations.

Pets who have been spayed or neutered are less aggressive. They also tend to bark less. Dogs who are not neutered are prone to urine marking which is when they lift their leg to urine. Cats that are not “fixed” have the urge to spray, which can create a horrible odor in your home. This problem would be minimized or eliminated by spay or neutering.

Having your pet spayed or neutered has no effect on his intellect or learning capabilities. The procedure produces a kind of calming effect, which makes these pets better companions.

Are there risks involved with spaying and neutering? There are risks and possible complications, as with all surgical procedures. Your pet could be at risk for incontinence and some forms of cancer. Prior to the procedure your pet will be examined thoroughly to make sure they are in good health and can undergo the stress. You will be asked to keep your pet in a clean, quiet and peaceful environment after surgery.

You can be confident in your decision to spay or neuter knowing that these procedures are the most common done by veterinarians. The benefits far outweigh the risks. Many shelters and clinics offer free of low cost spay or neutering so there is finances should not stand in your way.

Herbs As Alternative Medicine For Pets….Which Herbs To Avoid

Herbs As Alternative Medicine For Pets….Which Herbs To Avoid

Are herbs really safe for my dog and cat?

While herbs can be a safe alternative to conventional therapeutic medicinal practices, there are herbs that can be dangerous and even deadly when not used in the correct way. Herbs, just like conventional medicines may have side effects and can even interact with conventional medicines in an unsafe way. It is always to good practice to consult your veterinary doctor before introducing herb therapy to your pets, especially if he is on any type of medication or his immune system is compromised in any way.

So, which herbs are not safe?

Pennyroyal

is unsafe in high doses. It is highly concentrated and therefore should never be used pets.

Tea Tree Oil

is not safe for cats or small dogs. In larger dogs, tea tree oil may be used but extreme caution must be exercised. It must always be diluted in a 50:50 ratio with olive or almond oil.

Comfrey

may only be used in smaller doses and must not be used over long periods of time. Long term use may cause cancer and liver damage due trace amounts of alkaloids. Comfrey root must not be used internally as the root is even higher in alkaloid concentration. The leaves are safer to use.

Ma Huang

may cause irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure so use must be closely monitored. This herb is used to treat asthma in pets but should not be used if any of these side effects are present.

Yucca

can cause vomiting and bloating if used for over long periods of time, especially in large doses. Use small doses and sparingly.

Garlic

in small amounts can be used safely especially when used to treat for parasites, infections and cancers. Garlic should not, at any time, be given to a dog with anemia.

Wormwood

should never be used on pets. It can rid your pet of worms but could come at a lethal cost. Small doses are safe; however small doses are not effective in de-worming so, don’t bother!

As you can see, while herbs may be a natural alternative to conventional medicine, not all herbs are safe to use. Always consult your holistic veterinary doctor to determine if herb therapy is safe for your pet and under what health and dosing conditions. Take the steps to educate yourself and your pet will stay healthy and happy!

Natural Remedies: Using Flower Essence to Heal Your Pet

Natural Remedies: Using Flower Essence to Heal Your Pet

Pets have emotions, just as we do. While they can be masked and displayed in ways that differ from a human, they are still present. They feel sadness, pain and anxiety. There are ways you can help your pet beat these emotions and the good news is; you don’t need prescription drugs in order to do so!

There are many remedies out there these days. You may have heard of homeopathic healing, essential oils and natural healing. Flower Essence is very similar. However, flower essence is just that; the healing part of a particular plant or flower that possesses the ability to calm your pet’s nerves. It helps to beat the blues and to provide emotional well being and balance. Also, Flower Essence is used to treat mental disturbances as opposed to physical conditions which homeopathy is used to treat. Flower essences use only flower and plant extracts where as homeopathy combines additional ingredients. Flower Essence is created without the use of chemicals or pesticides. You may have heard of Bach’s Rescue Remedy, which is one of the most popular remedies out on the market.

Flower Essences can be applied to your pet in a variety of ways:

  • Add a few drops to your pet’s water.
  • Put some flower Essence in a spray bottle of water and simply mist your pet.
  • Place the Flower Essence directly in your pet’s mouth using a dropper.
  • Rub the Flower Essence onto your pet’s body – belly, ear flaps or pads of feet. Just be sure to apply it unbroken skin.

These remedies are a wonderful way to provide relief to your pet with non-invasive, non-harmful comfort. Many pets that are emotionally unbalanced and suffer aggression, depression and grief have shown great improvement with the use of these simple flower derived treatments.

These essences can be purchased from health stores, pet stores and via online sites which specialize in holistic healing. Search around, try out a few different options on your pet and see the amazing results.

Keep in mind this is not a replacement for medical treatment or western medicine. But it is worth a try if your pet needs something to soothe their nerves. Always consult your holistic veterinarian to see if Flower Essence is right for your pet. Do you use natural remedies on your pet? Tell us. We’d love to hear about it.

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