A Pet's Ten
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak..
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.
Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
Owners of dogs and cats should consult their veterinarian when considering whether to spay or neuter a pet. Among the chief reasons to spay and neuter animals are: > Spaying and neutering help to reduce pet overpopulation. Keep in mind 3-4 million animals are euthanized each year due to lack of space or resources to care for them. > Sterilization helps to increase an animal's chance of a longer, healthier life. Altered animals have low risk of develping mammary gland cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers. > Altered cats and dogs have a reduced urge to roam, thus decreasing the risk of contracting diseases of being injured. Surveys indicate as many as 85 percent of dogs hit by cars are unaltered and that intact male cats living outside live and average of less than two years. Source: SPAY/USA and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Early Spay and Neuter
The following question and answer is quoted from a former page of the Best Friends animalNet "Ask the Vet" web site. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary veterinarian Dr. Richard Allen is the answerer. A lot of veterinarians are recommending spay/neuter at a very early age. Is it really safe? And what is the youngest possible age? Juvenile spay/neuter is the only way to go. It is recommended without exception. A few of the ivory tower guys have reported some growth plate changes, but this is just so they can publish and not fall out of their ivory towers and hurt their heads. I have never seen anything but good come from juvenile spay/neuter. It can be done as early as you can get them to the clinic. Youngsters heal fast!! They are strong and don't present difficult anesthetic risks. Their bodies haven't been under the influence of nasty hormones yet, so we don't have to use spay/neuter to undo what's already done. I've seen spay/neuter done at four weeks and the pups and kittens were allowed to nurse on mom an hour after surgery. I'm begging clients to incorporate spay/neuter into their shot series at the second or third visit. I did my dog Zack at seven weeks, the first day we met, and I've done two whole years of loving, caring things for him since. He's lean, sleek and active. He's sweet around other animals. No testosterone to make him snarly. He even likes my eight-year-old cat, Nugget. According to Wayside Waifs, "Other groups that support early spaying and neutering include the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, American Humane Association, Doris Day Animal League, and the Cat Fanciers Association. "In addition to helping reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats, this procedure has numerous long-term health benefits for pets. Many uninformed pet owners allow their animals to breed indiscriminately, and this has contributed to the staggering problem of pet overpopulation."