Reproductive health

As a pet owner it is important to take care of your pet's reproductive health.

A GROWING FAMILY?

Breeding and reproduction are not subjects to be taken lightly. This is a decision that must be made after careful consideration of all the facts.

Raising puppies is a daily challenge, equipped with all essential facts and information. It will give you an idea of what it takes to have a growing pet family.

In any event, before you start the actual breeding process, you would be wise to consult your vet. They are just as concerned as you are about your pet's wellbeing? as well as the wellbeing of any future offspring. Your vet is dedicated to animals and will support you throughout the process, with check ups and follow ups, just as your family GP would do with growing human beings. Breeding takes skill, genetic testing and ideally, ANIMA QUEBEC certification

We also encourage you to visit sites such as www.animaquebec.com. A new certification is available for people interested in professional breeding.

NEUTERING IS SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

Why do we neuter our pets? Is it really necessary? These questions are valid and vets get asked about neutering a lot. Your vet will answer that neutering is a socially responsible medical act. Did you know a cat can produce 25 kittens a year on average and a dog 21 puppies?

Neutering your cat or dog has many advantages, for you and for them. Neutering prevents so many animals from being born into, and living in, unacceptable conditions. Stray animals tend to create a domino effect when it comes to contamination. If the new friend in your household isn't neutered yet, speak to your family vet.

THE IMPACT OF NEUTERING

Neutering also plays a real role in your pet's health and wellbeing, most notably, with behaviour. In female cats, neutering eliminates them going into heat, which in turn stops everything that goes along with a cat in heat, namely excessive meowing (usually at night), blood loss and sometimes even running away. In male cats, castration helps reduce aggressive behaviour, territory conflicts and urinating to mark territory.

In terms of physical health, for both cats and dogs, neutering helps cut down the risk of mammary tumours and urinary infections in the female. In male dogs, neutering reduces the risk of prostate problems and completely eliminates the risk of testicular tumours.