Monday, March 30, 2015

The Benefits of Neutering Your Dog

Many people cringe at the thought of having to neuter their dog. There are concerns with pain, change of temperament, and worry about putting an animal through what seems like an unnecessary surgery. However, there are many reasons you should strongly consider neutering (the term for sterilizing a male dog) your little boy.

Neutering your dog provides many healthy benefits for him. If you neuter before 6 months of age, you could prevent testicular cancer from forming. So, neutering earlier is better.

Also, if you have issues with your pup wandering off, neutering him may just stop this behavior altogether. Many male dogs will do about anything to find a mate, including digging and escaping your care at any cost. This puts him at risk of being hit by a car, stolen, lost, or in a fight with another hormone-raging male.

Allowing your dog to have this surgery may also help him focus on your training. He will be able to spend more quality time with his human family when he is able to learn good behaviors from bad behaviors at a quicker rate. 

Also, males often mark their territory everywhere when they are not neutered. So, to make potty training easier, and keep your home urine-free, make sure to neuter your pet as early as possible.

If you are worried about how much it will cost to get his surgery, you should definitely consider how much more it would cost to replace the urine-stained carpet in your home, or the costs of the damage done to other pets in the neighborhood when his hormones are raging. There are many low-cost spay/neuter programs in Georgia that can help you afford surgery. For example, the Atlanta Humane Society only charges $35 to spay/neuter your pet. That's an awesome deal.

One of the most important reasons to neuter your male dog is to prevent the mass euthanization of many animals. When your seemingly innocent dog breaks free of your fence and mates with another dog, you may have an unwanted litter of puppies on your hands. And those puppies may or may not find a home, causing them to live and starve on the streets, or be euthanized in your local animal shelter.

So, if you were previously having any doubts about neutering your pet, I hope that I have provided you with enough research to help make your decision. We all love our furbabies and want to keep them safe. And neutering a male dog can definitely help achieve his safety, and the safety of others.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Furbaby Needs A Furever Home

Today's totally adoptable furbaby is from Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare. Macon, GA, is about 1.5 hours south of Atlanta.

For inquiries about specific breed, age, and temperment, contact
the shelter and ask about ID #A251608.
'Jesabelle' is a female black and gray Alaskan Husky mix. The shelter staff think that she is about 2 years old. She has been at the shelter since March 23, so she needs out IMMEDIATELY! The shelter is full, and many are on a euthanize list.

Contact the shelter for more information. They have plenty of other furbabies that need homes as well. If you want to contact them, they have a Facebook page and their phone number is 478.621.6791. Please share with as many as possible! We want to find this baby a fur-ever home!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Benefits of Spaying Your Dog

When you first get a new dog, the last thing that you are probably thinking about is getting your new furbaby spayed. After all, who wants to put their child through an extra surgery? And why do people even spay anyway? You definitely don’t plan to allow your dog to breed with another dog. And you will ALWAYS have your eyes on her.

So why should you spay your pet?

Spaying (the terminology used to describe sterilizing a female dog) has several benefits. Female dogs who are spayed usually live a longer and healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancers, which can be fatal in 50 percent of dogs.

Spaying your little girl will also prevent her from having to experience ‘shark week’, which can occur every three weeks in some breeds, and last around 3 weeks at a time. While going into heat is not exactly the same as a human menstrual cycle, it can cause your dog to bleed slightly, and can cause yowling and erratic behavior in the presence of males.

Also, spaying your furbaby costs significantly less than caring for a surprise litter of puppies. Each puppy needs food, time, vet visits, etc., all of which cost you more long term. And there are even low-cost spay/neuter programs available in middle Georgia, which can reduce the cost of your pet’s surgery.

Most importantly, spaying your pet helps prevent overpopulation and unwanted animals, which leads to mass euthanization (putting a dog down). Millions of cats and dogs wander the United States each year without a caretaker. These pets starve to death, are hit by cars, and often end up in animal control situations where they don’t make it out.

If you have a female dog that hasn’t been spayed yet, I strongly encourage you to look into a few of the lost-cost spay/neuter programs available in middle Georgia. Keep your pet safe and healthy, and prevent the deaths of unwanted pets.

Stay tuned to hear about why you should neuter your male dogs, and get some information about a few of the lost-cost spay/neuter programs in middle Georgia. You can sign-up for email updates on the latest blog posts on the right side of this blog.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Furbaby Needs A Furever Home

Today's totally adoptable furbaby is from the Sandersville Animal Shelter. This small town is halfway between Augusta, GA, and Macon, GA.

picture of adoptable furbaby
For inquiries about specific breed, age, and temperment, contact
the shelter and ask about #146841 B.
This baby has the cutest look on his/her face. The furbaby wants to be adopted immediately!

This shelter only charges a $15 adoption fee, and they have plenty of other furbabies to adopt as well. If you want to contact them, they have a Facebook page and their phone number is 478.552.2756.

Please share with as many people as possible! We want to find this baby a fur-ever home!