Common Myths

MH900422307We have compiled a series of frequently asked questions that we hear a lot. It is important to know the facts about taking care of your pets.

Crate training a dog is inhumane and cruel

FACT: Crate training is the easiest means to housebreak your pet. It also creates a secure environment for your dog. A crate is comparable to a dog’s bedroom. Most dogs will not urinate or defecate in their own space, therefore, the crate helps train your dog to ‘hold it.’ When a puppy is left out to roam around the house, they are more likely to get into trouble. When this continually happens, you are constantly yelling at your pup. When the dog is in the crate, it cannot get into the same trouble and this creates a better relationship between the pet and owner.

Spaying or Neutering my pet will change its personality or make them gain weight

FACT: Hereditary and environmental factors influence your pet’s disposition and attitude while exercise, diet and your pet’s metabolism have an affect on their weight and overall health. Spaying reduces the risk of mammary cancer as well as eliminates ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and pyometra (severe infection of the uterus). Neutering reduces the risk of prostate disease, peri-anal cancer, aggression and running away from home. Approximately 67% of all hit-by-car dogs are INTACT males. The benefits from surgery outweigh the potential side effects by almost 100%!

Benefits of Having your Pet spayed or Neutered

Spayed:

  • Eliminates heat cycle
  • Eliminates vaginal bleeding (Can last 15-21 days)
  • Reduces or COMPLETELY eliminates mammary cancer
  • Prevents uterine infections
  • Prevents unplanned pregnancies

Neutering:

  • Reduces roaming, fighting
  • Reduces spraying and urine odor in male cats
  • Prevents or eliminates mounting
  • Eliminates testicular cancer
  • Eliminates certain peri-anal cancers and prostate diseases

My dog is a dog, I do not need to brush his/her teeth

FACT: Dental disease is the most common and overlooked problem in dogs and cats.
Tartar accumulation leads to gingivitis and eventual periodontal infections. The continued exposure and swallowing of this infection and bacteria, can lead to diseases in the heart,
kidney and/or bladder. These diseases can compromise and cut short a pets life. Brushing
a pet’s teeth can lead to not only better breath, but also an increased life span.

A Cold or Dry Nose indicates illness

FACT: Some dogs typically have a dry nose, more specifically, the brachycephalic (short snout) breeds such as Boxers, Pugs, Bostons, etc. The condition of the animal’s nose varies from pet-to-pet. A cold nose may be due to weather while a warm or wet nose may be from perspiration.

The size of the Paws indicated how big the dog will be

FACT: Only genetics determine the size of your dog. There are large dogs with smaller feet and small dogs with bigger feet. Only time will tell how big your pup will be.

Dogs are colorblind

FACT: Dogs do have the ability to see colors such as red, blue and yellow. They cannot see the full spectrum that humans can, therefore, they just see colors differently than we do.

Older dogs always have trouble getting around

FACT: When dogs have trouble getting around it can be due to several reasons. Arthritis and metabolic disease may be age related, but can be treated to keep your pet more comfortable. If your pet is showing signs of weakness or lameness, blood work and/or x-rays can help determine the underling cause and the appropriate treatment protocol can be initiated.

Flea collars work fine, I do not need prescription products

FACT: Flea collars, for the most part, DO NOT WORK! They may kill fleas around the neck, where the flea is least likely to be. Fleas like warmth and are typically found in the groin or armpit area. Flea collars lose their efficacy when they get wet and are toxic when children touch them and put their fingers in their mouth. They also DO NOT protect against ticks, which in turn puts your pet at an additional risk for Lyme disease. Prescription products have been thoroughly tested and approved by the FDA and are proven safe and effective against both fleas and ticks.

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