Wellness examinations and immunizations are the key to good health care for your pet. It is far easier and safer to try and prevent health problems than it is to treat them after they occur. Your Health-Care Team at SFAH offers and recommends routine Well-Care visits, and the proper vaccinations to help ensure good health, and an active happy life for your pet.
Your Health-Care Team will provide your pet with the best care and attention you will find anywhere. Our individualized wellness care, immunization program, internal and external parasite prevention and control guidelines, along with life-stage management, will help you and your doctor provide the best health care for your pet.
As our pets pass through their life stages, from juvenile to adult to senior, their health care needs often change. With these changes, come the challenges of keeping our pets healthy and happy. Here at SFAH, we continually help you monitor your pet's health, and provide the diagnostic, treatment, and prevention plans to help ensure your pet's healthy journey through life.
At SFAH our recommendations for preventative health care, designed around your pet's specific needs may consist of annual and/or semi annual check-ups. Dental care, annual blood screening, nutritional counseling, heartworm and tick borne disease screening, and behavioral mentoring. Your pet's health and well being Is our foremost concern. Our Health-Care Team at SFAH is here for you and your pet whenever the need arises, or for those times when you just need a comforting hand.
Spaying / Neutering: What is it all about?
Spaying is a general term used to describe the ovariohysterectomy of a female animal. Neutering is a general term used to describe the castration of a male animal. However, neutering is often used in reference to both genders. The surgical procedure, performed by a veterinarian, renders the animal incapable of reproducing. Here are answers to some questions you may have about this beneficial procedure.
When can I have this procedure done?
Here at Salmon Falls Animal Hospital we recommend spaying/neutering at 5 to 6 months of age.
Why should I have my pet neutered?
Each year over 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized because there are just not enough homes for these pets. If you have your pet neutered or spayed you will be helping to reduce the number of homeless pets.
What are some of the health and behavioral benefits to neutering and spaying?
Medical Benefits for Neutering: Current research shows that removing the testicles of a dog at a young age completely eliminates all chances of testicular cancer. Furthermore, by removing the source of the male hormone (testosterone) from the body, we reduce the incidence of prostate disease and tumors involving the anal area and tail gland. As male dogs age, the prostate enlarges which can lead to constipation due to pressure on the colon, and bladder infections due to irritation from the prostate. We recommend that puppies be neutered at five to six months of age. If the puppy is to be shown or used for breeding, it should still be neutered at five or six years old.
Medical Benefits for Spaying:Current research shows that if you spay your dog prior to her first heat, at six months old, we can virtually eliminate breast cancer in her lifetime. If we spay her after her first heat, we can reduce her incidence of breast cancer by 92%. Breast tumors affect middle-aged to older dogs; they appear in benign and malignant forms. The benign form can be stationary in one or several breasts without changing for many years. Cancer cells from the malignant form, however, can move rapidly to the chest cavity where tumors can grow unnoticed in the lungs. There is no way to tell if a tumor is benign or malignant without surgically removing the mass and sending it to a pathologist for diagnosis. We strongly urge you to spay all non-breeding female dogs early to help prevent this form of cancer.
When a dog is spayed, a complete ovariohysterectomy (removal of ovaries and uterus) is performed. The benefit of the procedure is to stop the effects of the female hormones on the breasts and to eliminate all chances of ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and uterine infections. Elderly female dogs are prone to uterine infections. Patients affected with uterine infections become weak, debilitated, and often toxic. Surgery must be performed at this stage to cure the problem and these patients are at an increased anesthetic risk. It is always advantageous to spay a dog prior to the onset of problems.
Behavioral Benefits for Neutering & Spaying:Spaying and neutering can help your cat or dog live longer, live healthier and be happier. An un-spayed female cat may exhibit constant crying and nervous pacing behavior associated with heat cycles. Female dogs in heat can be unsanitary in your home. An un-neutered male dog or cat may exhibit unwanted behaviors such as humping, urine marking and aggression. If you have a multiple pet household, your pets will generally be better behaved with each other.
Can't I allow my purebred dog to have just one litter?
It’s not recommended. Purebred animals end up in shelters also. Your pet will be happier and healthier if she never sexually matures.
Doesn't neutering alter an animal's personality?
No. Personality changes that may result from neutering are for the better. Not being distracted by the instinctual need to find a mate helps your pet stop roaming and decreases aggressive tendencies.
Surgery and TreatmentNo surgical procedure is routine. For your pet's safety, our surgical suite is equipped with the latest veterinary monitoring equipment, and your pet is always, closely monitored by your pet's Surgical Team. After your pet's surgical procedure is completed, they will be transferred to our recovery and treatment ward where they will be monitored and cared for until they are fully recovered from anesthesia and are ready to be released to go home with you. Your pet's Surgical Team will provide your pet an individualized anesthetic and pain management plan, to help aid in a full and speedy recovery.
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