5 Good Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

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5 Good Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Article by Katherine Lee | Found on EverydayHealth.com

Want to do something for your pet that is great for his health and is also an act of responsible pet ownership? Have your animal spayed or neutered. When you make the decision to spay or neuter a pet, you are also making a socially responsible choice — each year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized.

So when would a pet owner not want to spay or neuter a pet? According to Bonnie Beaver, DVM, a professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, the only instance should be if the dog or cat is a breeding animal. Some hunters feel that if a male hunting dog is castrated, he will not work effectively, but this is just an old wives’ tale. “There really hasn’t been any strong scientific evidence that says that this is the case,” says Dr. Beaver.

Important Reasons to Spay and Neuter Pets

Here are some of the pet health benefits of choosing to sterilize your furry companion:

  • Relieves stress. “Physiologically, animals are geared toward pregnancy or nursing,” says Beaver. “If they are not doing that, they are physiologically stressed.”
  • Cuts down cancer risks. When you spay or neuter your pet, it reduces your pet’s risk of developing certain cancers and may lengthen their lives. In females, spaying cuts down the odds of developing mammary, ovarian, and uterine cancer. In males, the risk of developing testicular cancer is decreased after neutering.
  • Prevents urinary tract infections. Having a pet spayed or neutered also lowers your pet’s risk of developing urinary tract problems. This can be particularly important for cats since urinary tract disease can be very serious or even fatal in felines.
  • Promotes better behavior. When you spay or neuter your pet, it reduces undesirable behavior. “It can decrease the roaming of males who may get hit by cars or get picked up as strays,” says Beaver. In dogs, it can lessen howling, barking, and urine marking. Male cats will be less likely to mark their territory with urine when they are neutered; spaying female cats will prevent yowling, which is what they do to attract males when they are in heat.
  • Eliminates female canine menstruation. Female dogs experience heat cycles approximately every six months or so, which can leave bloody stains around the house. “Female dogs that are not spayed have bloody discharge,” says Beaver.

How Will Your Pet Feel?

Spaying or neutering a pet is a major surgery, but these are also some of the most commonly performed procedures. Your pet will be given general anesthesia during the surgery, and pain medications are often given after the procedure to minimize pain or discomfort. After the surgery, your veterinarian may recommend keeping your pet indoors in a quiet place to recover. She may also suggest ways to keep your pet calm and prevent your pet from running and jumping. Stitches are usually removed 10 to 14 days later.

It is recommended that female dogs and cats not be spayed while they are in heat since they may be susceptible to increased blood loss. If you want to have an older dog or cat undergo sterilization, have your veterinarian evaluate your pet to make sure the animal is in good health before undergoing the procedure.

Your pet will be calmer and better behaved after surgery — reducing the breeding instinct can eliminate the desire to roam to find a mate. More importantly, your dog or cat will be healthier, more content, and a more devoted member of the family.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Drs. Steven F. Skinner (Neurology, Neurosurgery) and Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine.) We welcome referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.

Phone: 503.292.3001
Fax: 503.292.6808
Email: info@ovshosp.com

5 Signs of Dog Dementia

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5 Signs of Dog Dementia

Article by Katherine Tolford | Found on Pet MD

While your beloved senior dog can’t really forget where he put his car keys, it turns out that he is capable of experiencing “senior moments.” If your dog forgets the route on your daily walk or if he’s not enjoying the things he once did, like chasing after his favorite toy or greeting you at the door, he could be suffering from canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), or the doggy version of Alzheimer’s.

Canine cognitive dysfunction can occur for a number of reasons, like an accumulation of abnormal proteins in the brain. This creates a build-up of plaque, which eventually damages nerves and results in the loss of brain function, which can affect your dog’s memory, motor functions and learned behaviors. Continue reading 5 Signs of Dog Dementia

Canine Epilepsy: Seizures in Dogs

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Canine Epilepsy: Seizures in Dogs

Article Found on DogHealth.com

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes recurrent seizures. It is relatively common in dogs. Signs of epilepsy generally show up between the ages of 6 months and 5 years, with the most typical age of onset being 2-3 years. Epilepsy in dogs is not curable, but it can usually be managed with medications so that seizures are kept to a minimum and quality of life is good. Continue reading Canine Epilepsy: Seizures in Dogs

Is a Grain-Free Diet Healthier for My Dogs and Cats?

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Is a Grain-Free Diet Healthier for My Dogs and Cats?

Article by Cailin Heinz |Found on Tufts.edu

Grain-free diets are one of the largest growing segments of the pet food market. More and more pet owners are choosing these diets, which are billed as more natural and less likely to cause health problems and allergies. It all sounds great—except that those claims are not true. Continue reading Is a Grain-Free Diet Healthier for My Dogs and Cats?

Is My Dog or Cat a Healthy Weight? Important Questions to Ask the Vet

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Is My Dog or Cat a Healthy Weight? Important Questions to Ask the Vet

Article Found on FDA.gov

Your 8-year-old chocolate lab is putting on weight, and you know she should probably lose a pound or two. But when she looks at you pleadingly with those big brown eyes, how can you resist handing out just one more treat?

It’s not easy. But it may be important.

“Just as obesity has become a serious problem in people, it’s also a growing problem in pets, one that can seriously harm your pet’s health,” says Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Among CVM’s responsibilities are making sure that food for animals—which includes animal feed, pet food, and pet treats—is properly labeled with truthful claims, and is safe for animals and the people who handle it. Continue reading Is My Dog or Cat a Healthy Weight? Important Questions to Ask the Vet

6 Tips for Your Pet Health Spring Checklist

6 Tips for Your Pet Health Spring Checklist

Article Found on PetsBest.com

The sun is peeking through the clouds, temperatures are rising and the flowers are starting to show their heads; spring has finally sprung! For you, this means dusting off the sunscreen and sandals, but springtime can also be a good time to go through a “Spring Pet Health Check”. Here are some things to be mindful of in order to keep your dog and cat fit and happy this season: Continue reading 6 Tips for Your Pet Health Spring Checklist

5 Things That Can Improve Your Dog’s Teeth

 5 Things That Can Improve Your Dog’s Teeth

Article by Lynne Miller | Found on Pet MD

It’s not pretty. When a veterinarian opens a dog’s mouth, he often finds teeth stained brown and red or bleeding gums. In extreme cases, teeth are loose, broken or missing altogether.

Infection, disease and other oral problems are far too common in canines. More than 85 percent of dogs over the age of three have dental problems that require professional treatment, according to the Animal Medical Center of New York’s website.

Oral health is more important than you think. Studies in dogs have shown that periodontal disease is associated with microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys, according to the American Veterinary Dental College. Continue reading 5 Things That Can Improve Your Dog’s Teeth

How to Get Your Pet Enough Exercise

How to Get Your Pet Enough Exercise

Article Featured on American Humane

Want to go on a run with your dog? How about exercising with your cat? Here’s what you can do to make sure that your cat or dog gets enough exercise:


Because cats don’t run up to their owners with balls in their mouths, many people assume that they don’t want or need to be played with at all. On the contrary, cats need exercise and a lot of mental stimulation. Without it, they can get bored and develop behavior problems. Continue reading How to Get Your Pet Enough Exercise

Congestive Heart Failure in Cats

Congestive Heart Failure in Cats

Article By Dr. Mike Paul, DVM | Featured on Pet Health Network

How does my cat’s heart work?

Your heart, your cat’s heart, all hearts, regardless of their size are basically muscular pumps that function to provide continual flow of adequate amounts of oxygenated blood and nutrition to every tissue in the body (the heart itself included) and then to return carbon dioxide-laden blood back to the lungs to exchange the carbon dioxide for oxygen. Then the cycle repeats — over and over again every moment of every day.

The demands on the heart vary naturally based on activity level and the amount of oxygen in the environment. More exertion, more carbon dioxide, or less oxygen and the heart has to beat faster to accomplish its goal. Internal issues also affect the heart’s productivity. If there is more resistance to the forward flow of blood (from narrowing or blockage of blood vessels, or increased blood pressure) then the heart has to work harder. Likewise there is backward movement of blood due to leaky heart valves then the heart has to work harder. Thickened heart walls leave less space inside the ventricle(s) for blood to accumulate so less blood will be pumped with the next beat. Conversely, if the heart muscle walls become too stretched and thin then they can’t effectively push all the stored blood forward. Continue reading Congestive Heart Failure in Cats

National Puppy Day 2017: 17 Famous Quotes About Dogs To Celebrate The Holiday

National Puppy Day 2017: 17 Famous Quotes About Dogs To Celebrate The Holiday

Article by Seerat Chabba | Article Found on International Business Times

Thursday is National Puppy Day, a well-deserved tribute to man’s (and woman’s) furry best friend. As pet fans everywhere take lessons in unconditional love from pups, you can join in by using the holiday as an opportunity to show your appreciation for the four-legged bundles of joy.

Spend some quality time with your puppy or dog on Thursday. But if you don’t have a pet yet, don’t fret. Here are some quotes about puppies and their older counterparts to warm your heart, collected from sources like GoodReads and QuoteGarden:
Continue reading National Puppy Day 2017: 17 Famous Quotes About Dogs To Celebrate The Holiday