Spaying and neutering, along with other elective surgeries, are important for you to consider for the well-being of your pets and the greater animal community. These procedures are common and relatively safe, and they provide numerous benefits that extend beyond the pet’s individual health.
Spaying and neutering
Spaying and neutering can improve the health of your pet. For example, spaying female dogs and cats before their first heat cycle significantly reduces their risk of developing mammary gland tumors, which can be malignant. Neutering male pets can prevent testicular cancer, and it also reduces the risk of prostate disease and other related health issues. Moreover, spaying and neutering can decrease the likelihood of certain behavioral problems, such as aggression and territorial actions.
It’s not just about your pet’s health – spaying and neutering can help control the population of stray animals. By preventing unwanted litters, these procedures can reduce the number of animals in shelters and on the streets, which can ultimately lead to fewer euthanizations due to overcrowding. Additionally, spaying and neutering can reduce the incidence of animal abandonment and neglect, as owners who are unable or unwilling to care for a litter of puppies or kittens may be less likely to take in a pregnant or unaltered animal in the first place.
Spays, neuters, declaws, and tumor removal are just some of the more common surgeries we perform at New Pittsburg Vet Clinic. Give us a call to schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s possible surgical needs!
Dental care for your pets
Pet owners should get their pets dental care because oral health is crucial to their overall well-being. Dental problems in pets, such as periodontal disease, can cause pain, discomfort, and even lead to more serious health problems.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth. If left untreated, it can cause tooth loss, bone loss, and even spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver, kidneys, and heart. In fact, studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk of systemic diseases in pets, including heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.
Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential to maintaining good oral health in pets. During a dental exam, a veterinarian can identify signs of periodontal disease, such as plaque buildup, tartar, gum inflammation, and tooth decay. They may recommend a dental cleaning, which involves scaling and polishing the teeth under anesthesia, to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar that cannot be removed with brushing alone. In some cases, extractions may be necessary if a tooth is severely decayed or infected.
Pet owners can also help maintain their pet’s oral health by brushing their teeth regularly, providing them with dental chews and toys, and feeding them a diet that promotes good oral health. By taking care of their pet’s teeth, owners can help prevent dental problems and ensure that their pets have a healthy and pain-free life.