Archive for October, 2012

Why Spay Your Dog?

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Surgical sterilization of the female dog, commonly referred to as dog spaying, is one of the most significant aspects of female dog care an owner can provide.  The benefits to the dog FAR outweigh simply not having puppies, although pet overpopulation is a problem and it is important to be part of the solution.

Spaying involves removal of the uterus and ovaries.  It is a major abdominal surgery, but also a commonly performed one and is ideally conducted prior to the female dog’s first heat cycle.


Mammary Cancer Prevention:  A female dog spayed before her first heat will have a near zero chance of developing mammary cancer.  After the first heat the incidence increases to 7% and after the second heat the risk is 25%!

Pyometra Prevention:  Pyometra is a life-threatening infection of the uterus that generally occurs in middle-aged to older female dogs.  The uterus can swell with pus and dying tissue and without treatment the dog will die.  This is an extremely common disease of unspayed female dogs.

Convenience:  The female dog comes into heat every 8 months or so.  There is a bloody vaginal discharge and local male dogs are attracted.  Often there is also an unpleasant odor that accompanies this.

Please call us at the St. Francis 24 Hr. Animal Hospital if you have any questions about spaying your female dog.  We would be happy to discuss the procedure or make an appointment to have your dog spayed.


Male Cat Neutering

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Neutering a male cat is an excellent step to help your young man grow into a loving, well adapted household member.  Male Cat Neutering is a great step in reducing cat overpopulation.  However, there are a few other reasons to neuter a male cat.  Neutering reduces the incidence of objectionable behaviors that are normal in the feline world but unacceptable to humans.

  • Roaming:  More than 90% will reduce this behavior with neutering.  Approximately 60% reduce this behavior right away.
  • Fighting:  More than 90% will reduce this behavior with neutering.  Approximately 60% reduce this behavior right away.
  • Urine marking:  More than 90% will reduce this behavior with neutering.  Approximately 80% reduce this behavior right away.

The cat neuter is a simple surgical procedure.  The cat is fasted so the anesthesia is given on an empty stomach.  The cat is anesthetized and the surgical area is cleaned and scrubbed.  The scrotum is opened with a small incision and the testicles are brought out.  Each cord is tied separately with a suture and the testicle is cut free.  The skin incision on the scrotum is small enough so as not to require sutures.

There is minimal recovery with this procedure and usually your cat is back to normal by the next day.  There should be no bleeding or swelling at the incision site.  It is a good idea not to bathe your kitty until the incisions have healed; about 14 days from the time of surgery.

Have more questions about cat neuters?  Give St. Francis 24 Hr. Animal Hospital a call and we would be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment to have your kitty neutered.



Pet Microchipping

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

A microchip creates a forever bond between you and the pet you love.  The size of a grain of rice, the microchip is injected under your pet’s skin.  On dogs and cats a pet microchip is placed between the shoulder blades.  Each Pet Microchipping piece contains a unique number.  When scanned by a microchip reader, this number can be traced back to you if your pet should ever become lost.

It is a fact that 1 in 3 pets goes missing in its lifetime, without proper identification 90% never return home.  Pet microchipping gives the best protection, with permanent identification that can never by removed or difficult to read.

At St. Francis 24 Hr Animal Hospital, we celebrate the bond between humans and their pets.  This is why we recommend a microchip for all pets.  It takes just seconds at the veterinary hospital to implant the microchip, and then your pet has a permanent ID that will last its lifetime.  Registering your pet’s microchip number in the national database will help to ensure your pet will be returned to you if they should ever become lost.

Call us today about microchipping your pet.