Advantages and Disadvantages of Your Pet Having a Litter Before Being Spayed

Unfortunately the true fact is that in these times we are living in, the top killer of all domestic pets healthy or not, is euthanasia. This is often carried out by the various pet shelters because of over population and the shortage of funds. The only effective and humane method in reducing the amount of pets lives lost is Neuter and Spay, but the big question is when to spay? Before or after the first litter?There are some arguments and thoughts shared among people as to whether females should be allowed to have their first litter and then be spayed after, or whether having the female spayed as early in life as possible is better, to prevent a litter from occurring.The Advantages of Your Pet Having Her First Litter are:• You are not depriving the female pet from her chance to be a mother and acting out what comes natural to her.• Some people feel their female pet calms down considerably after the hormone changes from pregnancy and from raising her litter, although it various from pet to pet.The Disadvantages of Your Pet Having Her First Litter are: (These Seem to Largely Outweigh the Advantages)• Spaying a female before her first heat ensures that the operation is easier and less painful for her.• You will be adding towards the pet overpopulation. If you breed your pet, you are taking away the chances of people rescuing a pet that has already been born and is currently in a shelter, awaiting a home. Any potential new owners of your litter offspring also may decide to breed, so it really is a vicious circle.• After the female has had her first season or pregnancy she may get a ‘false pregnancy’ at some point. This can cause mammary development, tummy swelling and changes in your pet’s mood, so some people recommend spaying from the earliest age possible to avoid this.• The cost of caring for, feeding and vaccinating the puppies or kittens and in addition the spay cost for the puppies or kittens could potentially add up to a lot of moneyNeuter and Spay in General Has Some Great Advantages for Your Pet These Include:• The risk of various cancers being greatly reduced, if she is spayed before her first heat.• Pyometra a deadly disease for females is not a threat if the pet is spayed.• Male pets will not follow your female around, as she will not have that heat scent.Some Disadvantages are:• Your pet may act a little different and her personality or outlook may change.• If your pet is spayed too early in life she may develop urinary incontinence in the future.So now it’s your choice to decide whether to get your female pet spayed before a litter or after a litter. Think about which is the best way forward for you, what will benefit your pet the most and what you feel most strongly for.

Obese Pets

We all worry about our own health and our families and this should also include our pets. Obesity in animals is just as much a problem as it is in the human world. There are illnesses that can cause weight problems but the main reason is like us, a lack of exercise and over indulgence. Of course we love to spoil and treat our pets, but we must remember that being disciplined is also a sign of love and affection, as our pets health is at risk if we over do it. If you continue to feed your pet excessive amounts, chances are you will lose your friend at a young age. Too much food and not enough exercise = A Fat Pet.What Is Obesity?Obesity is actually a disease, described as an overabundance of body fat that will be dangerous enough to impair health. Studies show that in humans problems occur when body fat is 20 – 25 per cent above normal body weight. In animals it is considered to be along the same guidelines. Diabetes, arthritis, respiratory problems, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease and many other health issues can all affect your pet because they’re over weight.How to Control Your Pets Weight?Always buy a good quality pet food as cheap versions will be higher in salt and sugar. Look for established brands that offer lower calories, but the same nutrients as their regular food. A lot of companies now sell indoor pet food because of this problem. Stick to the exact feeding instructions on the packet. Just because your pet may clean their bowl it doesn’t mean they’re still hungry. Remember a lot of animals eyes are bigger than their stomachs! If food is left out for them they will graze all day and definitely start to gain weight. Set exact feeding times and stick to them and don’t let your pet snack between meals. Try not to give into them by giving titbits from leftover food, you may think your being too strict but it’s in their best interest to maintain an established feeding pattern.ExerciseAnother problem is giving house bound animals enough exercise. The most exercise some animals get is walking to their food bowl. Obviously dogs who are walked everyday and get to play in the park will keep healthier than indoor pets. So you must set times and games up for your pet if for example they are an indoor cat. Having cat stands or toys you can throw for them to chase, will get them into the idea of exercise.Understanding your cats natural instinct is to pounce and chase after it’s prey, should give you an idea of which pet toys will be most appropriate. For dogs, throwing balls in the park is a great form of exercise. Please don’t throw sticks as so many vets see injuries caused by sticks getting stuck in dogs mouths and throats. Don’t forget most pet dogs have been bred to perform daily tasks alongside humans – sheep herders, sleigh pullers, hunters. So they naturally need to expel that energy every day and strengthen their muscles and limbs.So to sum up – Don’t be a lazy owner, take the time each day, your pets health is at risk.