Why is it important to spay or neuter my pet?

Spaying and neutering have many benefits for the altered animal in addition to reducing the numbers of unwanted pets. Altered pets generally live longer, have fewer health problems related to reproduction, are easier to train and live with, and have less desire to roam (and be hit by cars or lost). Altered male dogs and [...]

Can my pet be too old to spay or to reproduce?

Surgical sterilization is surgery requiring anesthesia. Because older pets may react negatively to anesthesia, there should be caution when altering, although the benefits of spaying and neutering in general far outweigh the negatives. If the optimal “window” for altering the pet is missed, the surgery can still have beneficial effects up to a certain amount [...]

How do vaccinations work to protect my pet?

Vaccines for pets work like vaccines for humans. A vaccination against a certain virus is actually a small, slightly altered dose of the virus itself. Your pet’s body reacts to the vaccination by building up antibodies. These antibodies circulate in the bloodstream and protect your pet against a real infection. These antibodies weaken and die [...]

2018-06-21T18:55:50-04:00June 21st, 2017|Pet Care, Pet Safety, Tips & Advice, Wellness Hospital|

Fences Make Good Neighbors—and Frustrate Some Dogs

NOTE: this piece was originally published on the author's personal blog. It is used with permission. Part of dog ownership is making sure your pooch gets the right amount of exercise for his age, breed, size, and temperament. Walks are necessary, and a great activity for dogs, but walks alone won’t meet most large, boisterous [...]