Over the past two weeks, I have had continuous pet sitting jobs. Mix that in with my regular scooping schedule and I fell behind on my blog. Forgive me for that.
As my schedule is lightens, I am working on new content for you, my readers.
In this weeks Reading Roundup, the dangers of traditional spaying and neutering, why dogs kick the grass after pooping, and intestinal parasites your dog can pass along to you.
Traditional spaying and neutering is minor surgery that removes the sex organs (the ovaries and uterus in females and the testes in males). While often prescribed to ward off unwanted pregnancies and to help control pet overpopulation in America, the procedures may actually decrease the longevity of your pets. And in some breeds (those predisposed to cancer) the risk of cancer increases in dogs that have been spayed or neutered. There are proposed alternatives to these surgeries; however, many veterinarians are not trained to perform them.
Have you ever wondered about this? There is actually a scientific reason for this as Dr. Sarah Wooten explains in this brief vlog.
If there is one thing pet owners don’t know, it would be the risk of getting parasitic infection from their dogs. When our dogs have fleas, we begin to see them in the house. They are a visible threat. However, with intestinal parasites, you can’t see them so you may not even notice that they are in fact present. Some dogs with intestinal parasites won’t even exhibit symptoms of infection. So what can you do?
First, treat all dog waste as a potential hazard. Make sure to clean it up regularly or hire a service to do it for you. Second, ensure you administer a monthly dose of heartworm medicine that also treats for intestinal parasites. Finally, always have your veterinarian examine a fresh stool sample for each of your dogs at least twice a year.