For many of us, it would be a dream job: caring for animals all day long. However, what we don’t often see are the long hours, the stress of dealing with sick animals – and their families, and the heavy school debt load. Combine these negatives with easy access to lethal medications, and you see an alarming suicide rate among veterinarians.
I’d always been told to spay or neuter my animals before they were six months old. It was supposed to prevent mammary cancers and keep male dogs calm. So, I took Rosie to the vet this week and asked to get her on the schedule to be done within the next two months, as she is currently four months old.
Interestingly, the vet told me they are now not so sure about the link between mammary cancers and early spay/neuter. The thinking now is that early castration delays closure of the growth plates in the dogs’ joints, causing dogs to have longer limbs, narrower bodies, and lighter-weight bones. The delay in growth plate closure can lead to the development of hip dysplasia and knee problems. Continue reading Saturday Survey: When Should You Spay or Neuter Your Dog→
As a 2-legged arthritis sufferer, I can vouch for all of these.
What can you do to help an arthritic dog? An orthopedic or memory foam bed can help, as can a heating pad, and buffered aspirin. The most important thing, though, is weight control. If you can’t see a waistline on your dog, he or she needs to lose weight. Limit intake and go for walks daily.