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February 2018 Pet Holidays
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
 Responsible Pet Owner's Month
February 14th:
 
Valentine's Day
February 20th:
Love Your Pet Day
February 23rd: 
February 27th: 
World Spay Day
5 Spay & Neuter Myths Answered:
 Myth: Your Pet's Health is unaffected.
Truth: There are health benefits to fixing your pet: Dogs who are spayed before their first heat have a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer. If they are spayed with the traditional procedure, in which both the uterus and ovaries are removed, there's no chance at all of a severe and sometimes-deadly uterine infection which eliminates the risk of developing uterine or ovarian cancer. In the same way, neutering eliminates testicular cancer and reduces the risk of prostate problems. 
 
Myth: My pet’s behavior will change.
 Truth: This myth can actually be true — but, typically, the changes will be for the better. Spaying and neutering can smooth out fluctuations in your pet’s behavior, making it more consistent and pleasant. Females will likely dodge the irritability caused by hormonal changes that occur during heat cycles and may be less prone to pick fights with other dogs. A spayed female usually won’t urinate in your home or at the front door to let surrounding males know she's "available". Unneutered male cats and dogs have their own set of hormonally charged, unattractive behaviors — roaming, mounting, urine marking and fighting with other males — that will most likely decrease after neutering. Of course, spaying and neutering aren't quick fixes for all behavioral problems; you'll still need to work on specific issues with your pet.
 
Myth: My pet will get fat.
Truth: Maybe, but whether your pet puts on the pounds is strictly up to you. The age at which pets are spayed or neutered is typically the time their growth slows and they would normally begin to put on weight anyway. The good news is that weight gain is not inevitable after spay or neuter surgery. 
 
Myth: My pet is too young to be spayed or neutered.
Truth: In many cases, younger is better. Some young animals can reach sexual maturity as early as 4 months of age. With cats, especially, spaying or neutering sooner can prevent unwanted litters. Young dogs and cats can be better able to handle the surgery. Younger pets may come out of anesthesia more smoothly and recover more quickly with less bleeding and pain. That said, some large and giant breeds can benefit from a longer wait before spay or neuter surgery. Talk to your Dr. Daniels about the best age for your particular breed.
 
Myth: Spay or neuter surgery is expensive.
Truth: Not necessarily. The surgery is usually less expensive for smaller and younger animals. It’s a lot less expensive when you compare it to the cost (think a couple thousand dollars) of a potential Cesarean section if your pet has trouble delivering a litter, or the cost of feeding and caring for pups or kittens and paying for their veterinary checkups, vaccines and deworming before they can be placed in new homes. Never be afraid to  talk with Dr. Daniels about the options.
 
Myth: Your pet should experience the joys of parenthood before undergoing the big snip.
Truth: The good news for you is that there is no scientific evidence that it’s better to allow a pet to become a parent before spaying or neutering. Why is that good news? Spayed females won’t have a heat cycle, eliminating the likelihood that they will leave bloodstains throughout your home and neutered males are less likely to take off down the road in search of a little action.
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10 Terrific Traits of Responsible Pet Owners:
  1. Have a heart & be smart spay/neuter your pet.
  2. Make sure your pet has a collar and a current ID tag. Extra credit for microchipping your pet.
  3. Set up calendar reminders for annual exam and dental cleaning with Dr. Daniels.
  4. Consider pet insurance but create an emergency fund for health issues.
  5. Anticipate stressors like visitors, fireworks, and rowdy children.
  6. Groom your pet regularly checking for fleas and ticks.
  7. Play with your pet. Make sure your dog gets regular walks and your cat gets sufficient play time.
  8. Respect your neighbors and pick up after your pet. Make sure your dog is in a good emotional state to avoid too much barking.
  9. Provide proper nutrition. Make sure the amount and quality of the food you feed your pet is accurate for their wellbeing.
  10. Educate yourself on about your pet's need for each stage of life.
Dental Care Dos & Don'ts
  • Do brush your pet's teeth at least 1-2 times per week.
  • Do check your pet's mouth and gums for abnormalities once a month. Look for swollen gums, brownish tartar on teeth, worse than usual bad breathe, excessive drooling and any loose teeth.
  • Do buy toys that help remove tartar from their teeth
  • Do look for treats formulated for dental care an approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council
  • Don't use human toothpaste. Fluoride is very dangerous for pets and there may be other harmful ingredients not meant for our furry friends.
  • Don't ignore signs of gun disease. May sure your pet visits Dr.d Daniels at least once a year.
  • Don't give up of trying to brush your pet's teeth. Your pet may be resistant but with patience, time and treats you'll both get used to the completing the healthy task.
 
Meet Noir Price
Our February 2018 Pet of the Month

I am a 4-year-old DSH feline who was adopted by my 
mom. Myfavorite thing to play with is my cat tree, I love to climb to the tippy top and watch everything going on. I have furry brothers, Nero and Bobby. I love to hide in the bathroom and scare them! Sometimes I get embarrassed when I try to jump on the dining room table but miss. Sometimes I land right on top- those are great days. Shhh...don't tell Dr. Daniels but my favorite treats are temptations and greenies. I am such a spoiled kitty that I get to sleep on my mom's pillow.
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