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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.


The Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia: Preventive Health Care for Your Dog

By Dr. James Thorsen

At the Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia, we specialize in cat and dog care, offering state-of-the-art laser surgery, dental care, and preventive treatments. Our comprehensive preventive health care services include flu shots for dogs.

We all know to schedule flu shots before flu season begins in order to prevent viruses from spreading. The same principle applies to your canine companions. Dogs are susceptible to different flu strains than humans and therefore cannot transmit infection to their owners. However, dogs will catch the flu if exposed to the virus in other dogs. Canine flu can be serious, often resulting in secondary infections and even death if left untreated. For this reason, you should take your dog to the vet for an annual flu shot. The shot is an affordable precaution, especially important for dogs that are getting on in years. Preventive health care for your dog should not end with flu shots.

At Animal Health Center, we recommend annual exams, in which we comprehensively evaluate the health of your pet through a series of tests and observations. We monitor ongoing health issues, determine whether new complications have emerged, and educate pet owners about how to care for pets as they age. Older cats and dogs benefit from several check-ups a year, as diseases often remain hidden and require frequent monitoring. In addition to performing a regular examination, we run blood analysis and urinalysis tests, which can indicate hidden conditions. We recommend these more frequent visits for all cats and small dogs over ten years old and large dogs over seven years old.

Visit the Animal Health Center at ahcofcolumbus.com to schedule a regular exam and flu shot for your dog.