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Do you have furry, feathered or scaly family members that you care for? Being a pet lover comes with so many added responsibilities. Ever since I was a little girl, I have had a collection of pets that I simply adored. Now, my kids are the ones with the animal friends that they adore. Each of these pets must be seen by a vet at some point, so it was important that I find a vet that would provide care for all of their little friends. It was difficult to find just what I was looking for in a vet, but eventually, I did. My site is filled with advice for helping you find the perfect vet for the animal members of your family.



Spaying And Neutering Myths

As a potential dog or cat owner, you have many things to consider. You need to determine what breed best suits you, your family, and your space. You need to consider whether you will purchase a purebred or adopt an animal from a shelter. You have many choices, but one thing is absolutely essential: You must have your new pet spayed or neutered. Between five and eight million dogs and cats are killed in shelters each year due to an out-of-control animal population. Still, you may hesitate to have the procedure done because you believe one of the following myths.

One Litter Myth

Some pet owners still feel strongly that their female dogs or cats should be allowed to have at least one litter before being spayed because it is healthier for them. Veterinarians have found that the opposite is true. Spaying before an animal comes into her first heat, or fertile period, makes for a healthier animal, as it reduces the chances of mammary cancer and spares the animal the stress of giving birth. Pets can be safely neutered as early as eight weeks of age.

Purebred Myth

If you purchase a purebred, you may have in mind that some day you will breed your animal and raise a splendid line of dogs or cats. Others have felt the same way, which is why one-fourth of all shelter animals are purebreds. Half of all animals that end up in shelters are euthanized, and purebred status does not save them.

Manliness Myth

You may worry that your male animal will feel like "less of a man" after neutering, but that is a human concern and not an animal one. Pets do not have the same sense of sexual identity that humans do, and their personalities are not changed after the procedure. Their behavior may well improve, as they are less likely to fight, and they will not wander off to pursue females. Also, male dogs will not become less protective. They will still guard you and your home.

Since money is often an issue, many shelters offer low-cost spaying and neutering programs. Organizations such as Spay USA can refer you to one of these programs in your area. Owning a pet is a wonderful experience that comes with certain responsibilities. Having your animal spayed or neutered is the most important action you can take to keep more unfortunate animals out of the nation's shelters. 

To learn more, contact an animal hospital like Caring Hands Animal Hospital