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Pet Safety Services

We are dedicated to keeping your pet safe, happy and healthy. Our Microchipping Service provides a simple and safe way to find your pet if needed. In addition, having your pet spayed or neutered can help protect against some serious health problems.

The Importance of Microchipping Your Pets

According to PetFinder, over 10 million pets go missing every year, and one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life.

A microchip is a tiny device which contains an ID number tied to unique identifying information about your pet. The size of a grain of rice, this device can be scanned to tie your personal information to an animal. If your pet ever goes missing, this is invaluable if you want them to be returned to you.

Register your microchip: A microchip only does its job if it is registered with up-to-date contact information in a pet recovery database. The same study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association mentioned above also indicated that only 58 percent of microchipped animals in shelters have microchips that are registered in a database with their owner’s contact information. That means that more than 40 percent of the microchipped animals had microchips that were essentially useless.

How Spay and Neutering Benefits Pet’s Health and Behavior

There are many theories when it comes to the medical and behavioral effects of spaying and neutering dogs and cats. It is a controversial subject and there are numerous viewpoints out there among trainers, breeders, and within the veterinary profession.

The principal benefit of spaying female dogs and cats is the prevention of mammary cancer. A dog spayed before her first heat will have a near zero chance of developing mammary cancer later in life. After the first heat, this incidence climbs to 7 percent, and after the second heat the risk approaches 25 percent. Statistics are similar in cats. The prevention of what is frequently a very difficult and potentially fatal form of cancer is reason enough to spay our dogs. Another potential condition in intact females is a bacterial infection of the uterus called pyometra. Treatment is surgery in a potentially unstable patient and can be very costly.

Other medical conditions that are prevented include testicular cancer, along with certain types of hernias and perianal tumors. The effects of neutering male cats are more behavioral. There are no concrete facts when it comes to the behavioral changes seen in spayed and neutered dogs and cats. Neutering male dogs and cats can reduce urine marking in your house, aggression towards other dogs, and territorial aggression. It is important to realize that these behaviors can become a habit and continue after neutering.

The medical benefits resulting from spaying and neutering pets lead to longer and healthier lives. In addition, the majority of animals will be more relaxed and less prone to undesirable behavior. The Animal Hospital of West Chester recommends spaying and neutering at six months of age. They are outpatient procedures and animals can go home the day of the surgery.

How to care for your pet after spay or neuter surgery

  • After surgery, dogs will require rest—and lots of it! In addition, many get aggressive due to the pain and unusual physical sensations that can result from the anesthesia. Therefore, we’ll need to isolate your pet from children and other pets.
  • Find a quiet room that can be closed off to other dogs, cats, and kids. It should be free of couches, beds, and stairs, as the dog may be unsteady and prone to falling. A fall can be extremely dangerous for a recently-spayed pet, as she may rip the stitches or trigger internal bleeding.
  • A bathroom typically works well, and a tile floor also allows for easy clean-up if your pet vomits (which is common after surgery).
  • Place a water bowl, food bowl, bedding and towels or pads on your pet’s recovery room.

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