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Your February 2020 Newsletter From Largo Veterinary Hospital
is National Cat Health, Spay/Neuter Awareness, & Pet Dental Health Month
Feb. 3: Doggie Date Night.
Feb. 25: World Spay Day.
February 23 is National Walking the Dog Day and here's why we should celebrate walking our dogs every day:
Let's be honest, a well walked dog is a calm dog. A calm dog makes for a peaceful home.
Walking your pup is the perfect start to the day. Before the chaos of the day starts spend time with your best friend and take stock in the things you are thankful for, like being able to walk your pup!
A long walk away from life's distractions really is the best way to bond with your dog.
3 Big Reasons to 
Spay/Neuter Your Pet
  1. Reduce Pet Homelessness: In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100% effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.
  2. Your Pet's Health: Neutered male dogs live 18% longer and spayed female dogs live 23% longer that dog snot spayed or neutered. Unspayed female cats and dogs have a far greater chance of developing a fatal uterine infection, uterine cancer, and other cancers of the reproductive system. Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Male pets who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer, and it is thought they they have lowered rates of prostate cancer, as well. 
  3. Curb bad behavior: Unneutered dogs are much more assertive and prone to urine-marking than neutered dogs. Although it is most often associated with male dogs, females may do it, too. Spaying or neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether. For cats, the urge to spray is extremely strong in an intact cat, and the simplest solution is to get yours neutered or spayed by 4 months of age before there's even a problem. Neutering solves 90% of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while. Other behavioral problems that can be ameliorated by spay/neuter include:
  • Roaming, especially when females are "in heat."
  • Aggression most dogs bites involve dogs who are not spayed or neutered.
  • Excessive barking, mounting and other dominance-related behaviors.
Getting your pets spayed/neutered can help curb undesirable behaviors but it will not change their fundamental personality, like their protective instinct.
Read More:
Bad Breath can be a Sign of
Poor Health in our Pets
Dental Diseases: 
The leading cause of bad breath in cats is poor dental hygiene. Cats have a lot of saliva in their mouth, and when this saliva combines with odor-causing bacteria, it results to the formation of plaque on the lining of the teeth. With time, if the plaque is not removed, it mineralized to tartar. Tarter forms a hard substance that can only be removed using medical intervention. Both tartar and plaque are known to cause periodontal infections, gum inflammation, gingivitis and inflammation of the oral structures.
Diet: Certain foods such as fish-based products, liver-based products, dense protein treats and manufactured supplements can contribute to bad breath in cats.
Foreign Body in the Mouth: 
Cats are curious and usually play with anything that comes across their face. In some cases, foreign bodies such as strings, rubber bands, bones and other small objects can get stuck within the oral cavity, and if not removed quickly, they may contribute to bad breath.
Excessive Salivation: 
Excessive salivation, also known as hyper-salivation can result in bad breath in cats.  In most cases it is a neurological disorder caused by defects in your cat's cranial nerve control systems, which regulate the movement of the mouth and tongue. This neurological disorder affects the ability of your cat to close and open its mouth, resulting to free flow of saliva. While saliva alone is tasteless, and odorless, it contains millions of bacteria, and when it dries around the mouth, dried and matted fur can collect, which then contribute to the bad breath.
Metabolic Diseases:
Some internal diseases such as kidney and liver can result to bad breath in cats. This is because both of these diseases are synonymous with the build-up of toxins in the blood, and render the blood ineffective in removing the toxins.
Dental or Gum Disease:
Bad breath in dogs can occur when your dog has a dental condition—from gum disease or infection to tooth decay.
 Kidney Disease:
Metabolic diseases like kidney disease or failure can cause bad breath. A decrease in kidney function can make a dog’s breath smell like ammonia.
Toxic & Foreign Substances:
All dogs are different, but there’s a common assumption that some dogs will eat anything, including things that are bad for them. Eating disgusting stuff like feces and long-dead animals can also cause significantly bad breath. If you suspect your dog has ingested a potential toxin (antifreeze or a rodenticide, for example), call Dr. Daniels immediately.
Diabetes, specifically diabetic ketoacidosis, can also make a dog’s breath smell unusual, giving it a sweet, almost fruity smell. Uncontrolled diabetes can also suppress the immune system, allowing bacteria in the mouth to grow unchecked.
Oral Tumors:
Oral tumors are another potential cause due to the fact that their growth is often too fast for blood vessels to keep up, thus causing dead areas. Bacteria then takes over the dead areas, and that bacteria is often what causes a foul odor. These tumors can vary in shape and size so if you notice any masses or discolorations in your dog’s mouth, they should be checked out by a veterinarian.
Meet Fluffy Kraus Our
February 2020 Pet of the Month

I am a 10-year-old long haired Himalayan Siamese feline who was adopted from a private owner. My favorite thing to play with is scotch tape, it's just so sticky and fun. I love attention but when I've had enough I'll nip you a bit to let you know. So far, the only thing that embarrasses me is when I try to pounce my sister Maggie and she throws me backwards, one day I'll catch her off guard! My favorite treats are Nips but I don't like them all the time. I am so spoiled that I get to sleep on the bed at my mom's feet.
Your pet could be our next
Pet of the Month!
  To enter your pet into our monthly drawing to become Pet of the Month: Stop by our office and fill out a quick form telling us why your pet deserves to win. Or email us at and we'll email you the form.  
Winners receive a gift for you and your pet, a gift certificate to Largo Veterinary Hospital, a photo and feature in our newsletter, and your pet's name on our sign in front of the hospital.
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