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  • Reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs, such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer/disorders in males, and cystic ovaries, ovarian tumors, acute uterine infections and breast cancer in females, and also other diseases like mammary cancer, perianal tumors and perianal hernias.
  • Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding.
  • Pets generally live longer and healthier lives.

If desexed before full sexual maturity (approximately 6 months of age)
  • Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost or injured.
  • Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors.
  • Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours. They become more affectionate and become better companions.
  • Eliminates "heat" cycles in female cats and their efforts to get outside in search for a mate.
  • Eliminates male dogs' urge to "mount" people's legs.
  • Reduces the cost to the community of having to care for unwanted puppies and kittens in pounds and shelters.
  • No additional food or vet bills for the offspring.
  • No need to find homes for unwanted or unexpected litters of puppies or kittens.
  • Save money from expensive surgeries from car accidents or fights, which are less likely to occur if your pet doesn't roam around.
  • Dumping puppies and kittens is an ethical cost, as well as being illegal and inhumane.
  • Desexed animals have lower energy requirements, and therefore require less food, so saving on bills.
There are many reasons why pet owners should desex their pets. As well as helping to stop pet overpopulation, the following are some of the other benefits associated with desexing cats and dogs.
 
How to keep your pet’s smile healthy:
Treatment for dental disease involves cleaning and polishing, removal of diseased teeth and antibiotic therapy, if indicated. Cleaning and extraction of teeth is done under general anesthesia at the practice. After this treatment your pet will cope remarkably well, even if they have had teeth removed. Most often the removal of a painful rotten tooth will result in a much happier pet, as the source of the pain is gone.
Preventative dental care can involve the following:
  • Regular brushing with pet tooth brush and animal toothpaste
  • Regular dental check-ups to monitor dental health
  • Specific diet such as “Hills Science Diet” tailored for tartar prevention
  • Use of regular preventative such as Hexarinse (doggy-mouthwash)
Warning signs of disease:
Dogs and cats have teeth similar to our own, and can suffer from some of the same oral diseases as we do. Unlike us, our pets can’t tell us when something is wrong, so it is important to have the mouth and teeth checked at least once a year by your vet. Certain breeds and older animals are particularly susceptible to dental problems and complications, so it is even more important to get this checked regularly as your pet ages.
If you have noticed any of the following signs, a prompt dental check-up is needed:
  • Bad breath
  • Discoloration of the teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Drooling
  • Reluctance to eat “crunchy” foods.
Dental check-ups are free, so drop in today to make sure your pet's teeth are healthy. See in store for our range of Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Starter Dental Kits & AquaDent.
 
Canine Distemper is a viral disease that affects dogs, the higher rate of incidents being in unvaccinated puppies between 6 to 12 weeks of age, older dogs, poorly nourished or neglected dogs are also high risk.  
The first sign of Distemper appear 6 to 9 days after exposure, and regularly go unnoticed. 
  • The first symptom is a fever spike.
  • A second fever spike is usually accompanied with loss of appetite, listlessness, and watery discharge from eyes and nose. The discharge becomes yellow and thick as the illness progresses, and the dog develops a dry cough. Abdominal blister may occur.
  • Vomiting and Diarrhoea are also frequent, causing severe dehydration. 
  • After 2-3 weeks many dogs develop signs of brain involvement, which can include slobbering, head shaking, chewing for no reason, or seizures. After convulsive episodes, dogs can appear confused, blind, and not recognise their owner.
  • The skin can also be attacked by Distemper, the nose can produce thick horny skin, and callus like pads on the feet. These symptoms usually appear about 15 days after onset of infection. 
Distemper can be treated by your Veterinarian.  Antibiotics are normally used to prevent any secondary infections. The outcome depends on how quickly your dog receives treatment, age of the dog, and whether it has been vaccinated.
You can prevent distemper. Vaccinations against  Distemper are almost 100% protective, Puppies should be vaccinated by 8 weeks of age.
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