Spaying or Neutering Your Pet: What You Need to Know

Each year in the United States, roughly 83% of dogs and 91% of cats are spayed or neutered. Spaying or neutering is an important part of responsible pet ownership and wellness care.

Many pet owners are understandably nervous about their beloved pets undergoing any type of surgery, even something as routine as a spay or neuter. There are plenty of compelling reasons to consider this simple, life-changing procedure for your furry friend, and there is no reason to put off for tomorrow what can (and probably should) be done today!

Reducing Pet Overpopulation

Millions of homeless pets are euthanized each year in animal shelters across the country. This statistic is staggering, devastating, and entirely preventable. By having pets spayed or neutered, we are eliminating their capacity to reproduce and making sure we’re not adding to the problem of overcrowded animal shelters.

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Pet Heart Health for the Love of Your Furry Friend

When people think of congestive heart failure or high blood pressure, it’s not often they think of the family dog or cat. However, heart disease can be a silent killer among pets. To protect your four-legged friend from heart-related conditions, learn more about how to make pet heart health a priority for your fuzzy true love.

Be Proactive About Pet Heart Health

While they’re subject to heart disease, cats and dogs do not necessarily experience heart attacks or strokes the way humans often do. However, this does not prevent them from having heart problems due to a number of underlying causes, including vascular disease, cardiomyopathy, congenital defections, and even heartworm disease.

In a previous blog, we addressed some of the forms of heart disease in pets, as well as symptoms to watch for in your fur friend. But having a heart for your pet’s cardiovascular health also relies on prevention and early detection.

Take the following proactive steps to keep your pet’s heart in good condition. Continue…