I have a brand new kitty in my house. She is an eight-month-old lady small woman named Polly. Polly is somewhat exceptional in that she is virtually all white except for a little grey on the top of her mind. And she has a few more feet on her paws than most other vaccinating indoor cats. Polly is polydactyl… and she is also Pip’s pet kitty. Pip, if you remember, is my puppy Charlotte’s kitty. I got Pip annually and a half ago when he was just two weeks old. Charlotte tried for three years to receive my older cats to play with her. She would dance around and play-bow facing them. They would just stare back at her as if you say”you’ve got to be kidding, right?”
Charlotte would finally give up and walk away. So one afternoon, I had an idea… or a hallucination as one of my sisters would say. Imagine if I have Charlotte her very own baby kitty to play? It seems to me that no one in the background of pet ownership had likely ever had such a fantastic idea! I went to the Humane Society and found 2-month-old Pip. As soon as I got him home, I put him down in front of Charlotte. They immediately began listening and playing. . A year and a half later, these two unlikely friends continue to play and chase each other around. They also take care of and watch out for each other daily. It was a great idea!
Now Pip needed my help. Though he’s Charlotte to roll up on the floor with, he just looks like he wants something more to meet those young cat instincts. I frequently see Pip trying to play with another man kitty in the home. However, Chunie is ten years old and just interested in two things… eating treats and sleeping. So any attempt by Pip to engage Chunie in kitty play goes nowhere quickly. Pip is not just one to give up. Instead, I get the feeling from him that he believes he could get Chunie to do exactly what he needs if he strikes him enough. Reminds me of those pre-teen years with my kids.
I actually did not have to think long about how to assist Pip. The answer was fairly clear and doable… get Pip his very own kitty. I found Polly in a veterinarian’s office. She and her sister were only taken from a kitty hoarder. They were in good health and quite social. Polly only happened to be sitting on a cat tree once I walked in. I was not attracted to her instantly, but the more I spent in her organization and the more times I went back to check on her, the more I knew that she had been the person who would bond with Pip and give him a run for his money. I quickly filled out an adoption application at the vet’s office. The next day I was approved as a fantastic home for Polly. So after paying the adoption fee and receiving all of the instructions, Polly came to Pip.
Pip and Polly are bonding well and are starting to get a few really unique” play dates” Of course this didn’t happen right away. Polly spent the first few days hiding in the cellar one of the cat trees and boxes. I didn’t see a lot of her, but I could hear the little bell on her collar ringing thankfully as she started to chase kitty chunks around the cellar floor. Then 1 morning I got up to find that a white flash scurries across the dining room floor and dive for cover under the buffet… Polly had made it from the basement. As the week moved on, the sound of a little bell got louder and more frequent as she and Pip started chasing each other around the dining room seats.
Of course, when Polly caught sight of Charlotte or me personally, she would operate for the safety of the furniture. But, all of a sudden one magical afternoon, Polly allow me to pet her. I instantly fell in love with this soft white coat, those gorgeous green eyes and yes, even those additional small toes. My heart pumped and my soul wracking as Polly let me enjoy the softness of her furry body. I lost track of time. I’m not sure just how long I sat there in Polly’s company. I do know that those minutes spent with her were some of the very peaceful and calm moments I have had in a very long time.
Charlotte is a fantastic girl, isn’t she? She’s loyal, brave, obedient and good-natured to a fault. Perhaps you have gotten it in your mind that you don’t want her breeding. You don’t have any desire or use for a litter of dogs and you understand that getting her repaired is the responsible thing to do. Even so, at times you’re unsure. The idea, “What if she hates me?” May pass through your head. Well, stop there a moment. Dogs and cats breed by instinct. Unlike individuals, there is no need’ to have a baby.
They strain purely due to their genetic predisposition to secure the line. Dogs also don’t have sexual relations such as fun, unlike us (and some dolphins and apes). Removing her uterus will not change her personality. Any traits she derives from upbringing, the environment in which you have raised her and coaching. The only thing you are removing is that her hormonal drive to replicate and further the species. The purpose of this article, however, isn’t to advocate for or from spaying, but instead, when. The argument exists that health complications may arise from doing this too early. But they can also arise from doing it too late. To begin with, let’s begin with the basics. What happens?
Anatomy of a Spaying
The spaying itself is the type of process that any vet value her or his salt can perform half asleep, but you, as any good parent of a perfect pooch will understand, it’s no picnic. You worry and fuss, potentially upsetting your dog too (they’re empathic, you know, and may pick up on our feelings). That said, the puppy is given a general anesthetic to put her to sleep, an incision is made, the vet clamps off arteries and blood vessels then removes the uterus and the embryo. Last, he stitches or seals up the cut and sutures the patient’s abdomen closed. When the anesthetic wears off and she wakes up, given there aren’t any immediate complications, she’s subsequently moved to what numbers to the healing ward that humans go to after surgery. In very rare cases dogs can become sick from the anesthesia, a few have even died from it.
The risk of this happens as often as it does with humans, roughly 2% or less. Certainly, it leaves them feeling yucky. They are inclined to react to how we do to going under. This is the reason why care must be taken to make sure she is well-cared for and monitored later and in the subsequent days. There can be no denying that the importance and necessity of the procedure, however, the question remains, when?
To Wait or Not to Wait?
Some will urge the operation to be accomplished no more than eight weeks, at or around the same time the pup is weaned and can be about regular food. Additionally, this is when she generally gets her first shots and, most importantly, before her first heat or estrus cycle. Others may state that you ought to wait until she hits puberty and gets her first heat (the heat, of course, brings with it its own set of difficulties, but that is for another article). The health risks and benefits that vet in Charlotte will face depending mostly upon what sort of dog she is, and also how old she is when you get it done. Past the dangers and benefits, spaying Charlotte before her first heat cycle makes for a far simpler process.
If you wait until afterwards, it complicates the matter considerably (and makes it more expensive). One of the most important benefits found in this website, or having her fixed right before her very first estrus cycle is that it significantly reduces the possibility of mammary (breast) cancer. Literally, the chances go from 1:1 for a complete dog, they fall by nearly three quarters to get a dog who has two or even longer before being repaired, to less than a 10th of a percentage for one, and much less than that for grabbing it well in advance of her first cycle.
Therefore it would appear that jelqing early is the best choice, however as with any health questions you may have, ask your vet if you are unsure. He or she’ll be able to supply you with the best answer based on Charlotte’s strain and will have the ability to ascertain the best course of action once you have set unquestionably upon the notion of getting her fixed. Then once you do, you can breathe a sigh of relief, bringing her home, knowing your furry friend has come through unscathed and you can look forward to years and years together.