Every year many many animals are euthanized because there are simply too many. Please don't contribute to this problem by breeding. Show your family the miracle of birth in a video instead. (Besides, most births are at night so families don't get to see the big event anyway.)
Dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered anytime after 8 weeks of age and 2 pounds of weight. Recent studies show pets neutered at a young age have more tendon problems as adults. If possible, wait until the bones are done growing.
Yes, if your pet is healthy, they should be vaccinated for rabies and other contagious diseases. The vaccinations should be tailored to your pet's life style. If vaccines make you nervous or your pet has an immune problem, titer testing is available for some diseases.
No! Grain-free diets that contain legumes, peas, potatoes and/or sweet potatoes have caused dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs and cats. For a list compiled by the FDA of the problem foods please see Dr. Nelson's Veterinary Blog.
In areas with venomous snakes, dogs can have snake avoidance training to keep them safe. Electric collars deliver a shock when the dog smells the snake. This training is not suitable for all dogs. More rattlesnake info at Dr. Nelson's Veterinary Blog.
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