Operation Wanted, Desexing, Dewclaws.
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Pets are large part of the Australian life style, Sadly RSPCA shelter receives apx 160,000 animals nationally, most are from unplanned breeding. The best option to stop this is prevention, by desexing.

What is Desexing?
Desexing involves the removal of a pet's reproductive system whilst under a general anesthetic.
In females it's also known as spaying or  hysterectomy, which involves removing the ovaries and uterus.
In males it's also known as castration or neutering, which involves the removal of both testicles.

Medical benefits of desexing for female pets:
  •     Pyometra - infection that occurs as a result of hormonal changes.
  •     Mammary tumors - tumor in the mammary gland.
  •     Metritis -  inflammation of the womb.
  •     Ovarian cysts - fluid-filled sacs in or on the surface of an ovary
  •     Ovarian / Uterine / Vaginal neoplasia (tumors) - uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells or tissues in the body
Medical benefits of desexing for male pets:
  •     Testicular tumors - cancer that develops in the testicles .
  •     Prostate diseases - 3 common forms are: inflammation (prostatitis), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and prostate cancer.
  •     Perineal hernias - abnormal displacement of pelvic and/or abdominal organs around the anus .
  •     Perianal adenomas - tumor that arises from the sebaceous glands surrounding the anus.
Behavioral Benefits:
  •     Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost or injured.
  •     Reduces territorial behavior such as spraying indoors.
  •     Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviors.
  •     Helps to control male dominance aggression problems.
  •     Reduces the instinct to wander and seek female partners for male dogs.
  •     Reduces male territorial marking. Reduces a tomcats tendency to spray and mark.
  •     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.
  •     De-sexed male cats are less likely to fight which reduces the likelihood of cat bite infections such as cat abscesses and the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
By desexing you pet you can not only reduce the risk on any of these but eliminate several all together. RSPCA recommends you talk to your vet about desexing, micro-chipping and vaccinations. They’re all important parts of being a responsible pet owner and will ensure your new best friend stays healthy and happy.
Undesexed pets, can create a lot of unwanted attention, illness and unwanted litters.
Throughout June, July, and August 2016 you can get 20% OFF DE-SEXING operations at Sugarland Animal Hospital, thanks to Operation Wanted.
Bookings essential and filling fast.

Dewclaws, also referred to as 'dogs thumb', refers to a vestigial digit found on the foot of most mammals.Dewclaws are commonly found in canines, are often removed as puppies, although there is debate on if removal is necessary.

Dewclaw basics.
Almost all dogs have declaws on the inside of their front legs, and sometimes on the hind legs. Unlike front dewclaws hind ones normally have little bone or muscle. Some dogs even have more than one on the same paw.

Dewclaw purpose.
Some specialist argue that in racing dogs it helps in gaining traction as the claw touches the ground during racing, and the nail wears down like normal nails do.
nevertheless, in some breeds, the dewclaw never touches the ground, the nail therefore doesn't wear down, and must be trimmed regularly to be kept at a safe length.

Lifeless Appendage.
Dewclaws are not dead appendages. In some dog breeds, dewclaws are used to assist paws grip objects lightly. In other breeds, dewclaws don't seem joined to leg at all, except a flap of skin. In this case the declaw can be easily turned or folded, and offers no use.

Should Dewclaws be removed?
Dewclaws are weak digits which are barely attached to a dogs leg, some people argue that they should be removed. They argue the dewclaw can catch on objects and break, causing pain and risk of infection.
Others believe the pain of eliminating the dewclaw is greater than the risk it poses. Some countries have made declaw removal illegal, although, some have exemption for hunting breeds.
Most commonly, dewclaws are left intact, It is important to inspect these extra toes, and maintain them, to avoid painful overgrowth. Left unattended, dewclaws tend to grow curved and may embed themselves into the dewclaw pad.

Does your dog have dewclaws? are you concerned, or curious? Call us, or drop by the clinic for advice.


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