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The Importance of Getting Your Pet Spayed or Neutered By Dr. James Thorsen

By Dr. James Thorsen

At the Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia, we offer a full range of pet veterinary services, including laser surgery, blood analysis and urinalysis, dental care, X-rays, ultrasound, and spaying and neutering. Spaying describes an ovariohysterectomy procedure specific to female animals, while neutering technically refers to castration, although the word can also apply to both genders.

Both spaying and neutering have the same result: these procedures make an animal unable to reproduce. I consider these procedures critical to animal welfare because one fertile dog and her offspring can lead to 67,000 puppies in seven years, and one unspayed cat can result in 420,000 kittens over the same period. By managing pet populations, we ensure that all domestic animals have a home and a caring owner. Unfortunately, many stray animals wind up in shelters, which often euthanize unwanted cats and dogs.

Spaying and neutering also benefit pet owners in several ways.Neutered males are less likely to roam, chase females, and display aggression. Neutering male pets also saves on carpet cleaning expenses, as neutered males rarely mark their territory. Spayed females do not display nesting behavior or experience bleeding when in heat. In addition, sterilized pets of both genders bite humans far less often. I am always happy to talk with customers about the specific health benefits of spaying and neutering. Neutering results in elimination of testicular cancer and reduced rates of enlarged prostates and hernias. Advantages of spaying females include significantly reduced rates of breast cancer and elimination of serious uterine infections such as pyometra.

To learn more about spaying and neutering, contact the Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia at 706-323-5218 or ahcofcolumbus.com.


Fun Facts about Cats and Dogs

by James Thorsen

They are important members of your family, but how much do you really know about your cat or dog? Here are some fun facts that can help you get to know your pet a little better.

1. Dog whiskers are sensitive to touch and can detect minor changes, such as alterations in air flow.

2. Cats are far better at vocalization than dogs. While dogs only make about 10 sounds, cats can make more than 100 vocalizations.

3. Dogs sweat through the pads of their feet.

4. The University of Michigan conducted studies on cat and dog memories. They discovered that a cat’s memory can last up to 16 hours, while a dog’s memory spans about 5 minutes.

5. Scientists have attempted to test whether dogs or cats are more intelligent; however, most of the tests evaluate the animal based on its ability to please humans. Dogs try to please the pack leaders. Cats only perform if there is a pleasurable reward.

6. Cats are America’s most popular pets by a margin of about 6 million. Dogs are second.

7. Cats can’t see directly under their noses.

8. Dogs can locate a sound source in .06 seconds.

9. Housecats can run at about 30 miles per hour.

10. Cats can be right pawed, left pawed, or ambidextrous.

11. Dogs have pink tongues, except for the Chow, which has a black tongue.

12. Cats only need about 1/6th of the light of their human companions to see well.

13. Dogs have fewer taste buds and more scent receptors than humans. Therefore, they are more likely to choose food based on odor than taste.

14. Adult cats have 30 teeth. Adult dogs have 42.

15. People who have pets live longer lives, endure less stress, and suffer fewer heart attacks than those who don’t.