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Love At First Sight! Newsletter
In this issue:
Why Spay and Neuter?
Did You Know??--"Kitten Season"
Healthy Pupcakes Recipe
Crisis Checklist for Your Pet
Why Spay and Neuter???
There is a lot of misinformation out there about why you should spay and/or neuter your pets. If you have ANY DOUBTS, please do some research on the subject, on your own, or through a veterinarian as to why these procedures are so important!
"Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unsterilized males roam in search of a mate, risking injury in traffic and in fights with other males. They mark territory by spraying strong-smelling urine on surfaces...a neutered dog...protects his home and family just as well as an un-neutered dog..." If Rover is out roaming, looking for a mate, who's watching over your house and family?
"Besides preventing unwanted breeding, neutering a male cat or dog before six months of age...prevents testicular cancer and prostate disease. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometria (a pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer. Having this done before the first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs, and 90 percent of female cats."
Some people mistakenly think that altering their pets will cause a number of things, including altering their personalities negatively, and causing them to become lazy and gain weight. These are simply myths. Any slight personality changes as a result of spaying and neutering are usually positive, and lack of exercise and poor eating habits are what cause laziness and weight problems in most pets. Some people also thing that their female animals should have at least one litter before being spayed, and this is completely untrue. "In fact, a female spayed before her first heat...has one-seventh the risk of developing mammary cancer as an intact female."
Some folks fear that altering their pets will be mean, or painful and dangerous for their pets. Just remember, these are the most common surgical procedures performed by veterinarians, and are completely safe.
These are only a few of the many important reasons to spay and neuter your pets. One other BIG REASON...think of all the stray animals out there, starving and fighting on the streets, living in cramped cages at shelters, or being euthanized due to injuries, illnesses, and pet overpopulation.
Love at First Sight! Pet Adoption Center requires spaying and neutering as a strict condition of adopting a puppy or kitten. This is one of the most essential things you can do to save your pet's life, and to save the lives of countless other animals all over your communities.
(Information in quotes is provided by the ASPCA. For more info, please visit their website at www.aspca.org)
DID YOU KNOW???
Did you know there was such a thing as "Kitten Season"??? That's right...unlike puppies, kittens are still generally born in-season. Cats deliver their babies when nature's food supply is traditionally most plentiful, during the spring and summer months. This is why it is very difficult to find young kittens during the months of January through March. The best time to find that perfect new kitten is in the heat of the summer, when supply unfortunately outweighs demand! We are completely full of a vast selection of all different types and colors of kittens in the summer! Adopting one during this time and getting it spayed/neutered in the Fall is the best way to help control pet overpopulation!
Healthy Foods Mean Healthier Pets
Four Steps to Selecting the Right Nutrition for Your Pet!!
Would you feed a baby fried chicken? Or eat salty junk food if you had high blood pressure or heart problems? Of course not.
You know proper nutrition plays an important role in your overall health—and the same goes for your pet. Understanding the complexities of nutrition goes well beyond merely reading a list of ingredients—your veterinarian is your best source for nutrition recommendations. Too little or too much of certain nutrients can be detrimental to a pet’s health, and the ideal amount varies, depending on life stage, activity level and health condition.
“Just like people, every animal has special nutritional needs, and one size doesn't’ fit all,” said [name], a veterinarian at [your clinic name here]. “For example, foods made especially to meet the requirements of a growing puppy aren’t appropriate for an older dog whose heart is stressed from age.”
Here are four tips to help you select the right nutrition for your pet:
1.) Remember, More isn’t Always Better
Remember more nutrients aren’t always better in pet nutrition -- many nutrients are actually toxic in excessive amounts! Every dog and cat has unique nutritional needs based on age, health and activity level.
2.) Know the Six Nutrient Groups
As in human nutrition, a body needs nutrients -- from ingredients -- like protein, fat and fiber to function. Ingredients are simply vehicles that deliver this mixture of nutrients to the body. When choosing the ingredients for pet food, keep a eye on the total nutrient balance of ingredients. Here are the six nutrient groups for your reference:
• Water: The most critical nutrient for survival.
• Proteins: Main element of body tissues like muscles, blood, skin, organs, hair and nails.
• Carbohydrates: Provide energy for the body's tissues.
• Fats: Absorb, store and transport vitamins, moisturize skin and coat, make healthy pet food taste great and supply energy.
• Vitamins: Assist in maintaining an animal's metabolism.
• Minerals: Necessary to develop healthy skin and hair, proper skeletal support and development. Minerals are usually abundant in pet food ingredients.
3.) Compare “Apples to Apples”
Make cost comparisons on a "per feeding" basis using feeding directions rather than a cost "per bag". This is important because pet foods recommend different feeding amounts based on the amount of energy in their food.
4.) Know your Pet’s Life Stage
When selecting a food, make sure the product is appropriate for your pet's age and lifestyle. Feeding your pet properly is more involved than following instructions on a bag or can. Feeding guides should be used only as a starting point, and food amounts must be adjusted to meet the changing needs of your dog or cat. Use a product designed for your pet's age. Ages are broken down into these categories: Kitten/Puppy - up to 1 yr; Adult Cat/Dog - 1-6 years; Senior Cat/Dog - over 6 years. Also keep in mind whether your pet is especially active or prone to gaining weight easily.
Crisis Checklist for Your Pet
In an emergency situation, it’s important to have crisis measures in place ahead of time, for both human and animal family members. Gather this list of emergency contacts ahead of time—it is advisable to be prepared in advance during a disaster warning.
“According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, preparing ahead of time and acting quickly is the best way to keep you and your family, including your animals, out of danger,” says Dr. Griffith Haber, a veterinarian at Murphy Road Animal Hospital. “That’s why we encourage pet owners to prepare their list before disaster strikes.”
Here are 16 important elements to have on your emergency list ahead of time:
1. First, make sure you have two waterproof folders with your contact information and 24-hour contact numbers—numbers where you may be reached (pager, cell phone, work phone). Take one with you in your animal evacuation kit and leave another at home in an obvious location, most likely near your telephone. These contacts can be used by rescue personnel responding to a disaster affecting your animals or by you during a disaster or an evacuation.
2. Your prearranged evacuation site
3. Local contact person in case of emergency when you are not available
4. Out-of-state contact person in case the disaster is far reaching in your locale
5. Your veterinarian and an alternate veterinarian (30-90 miles away, preferable one who provides boarding)
6. Boarding facility (local) and an alternate boarding facility (30-90 miles away).
7. Hotels that allow pets (90 mile radius)
8. Local Animal Control
9. Local Police Department
10. Local Fire Department
11. Local Public Health Department
12. Local Animal Shelter
13. Local Red Cross Chapter
14. Local Humane Society
15. Local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
16. United States Department of Agriculture Missing Pet Network (www.missingpet.net)
In addition, it’s important to have proper identification on your pet. Make sure your animal’s identification includes rabies and license tags, if applicable, to help reunite you with your animal(s) in the event that you are separated. Identification should provide your name, home address, a phone number where you can be reached, and an out-of-state phone number of someone that you will be in contact with during or soon after the disaster/evacuation. If possible, include your veterinarian's name, location, and phone number.