Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
Every year in the United States, 2.4 healthy pets lose their lives to euthanasia because there simply aren’t enough homes for them all. That’s one animal put down every 13 seconds. If every pet owner made the commitment to spay or neuter, this number would reduce dramatically. Spaying removes a female animal’s ability to get pregnant while neutering renders a male pet impotent. However, the benefits of these procedures go far beyond permanent infertility.
Minnesota winters can be brutal on people, cars, and especially pets. If your dog or cat spends time outdoors regularly during between now and spring, it’s important to be aware of the dangers and take precautions to avoid them. This starts by protecting your pet from frostbite and hypothermia. If your dog must spend long hours outside, make sure he can retreat to an insulated dog house. Limit outdoor time on days when the temperature and wind chill are below zero and dress your pet in warm clothing at other times. If possible, keep your cat indoors all winter.
A pet’s oral health often gives an indication of her overall wellness, yet many people overlook the importance of a brushing and regular dental exams. Because of this, approximately three-quarters of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease before the age of three. The American Veterinary Medical Association declared that February is National Pet Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of healthy teeth and gums for pets.