Miniature Schnauzers Health
The primary consultant concerning the health of your dog should
always be your veterinarian. Carlos Silvera, DVM, MS, of Fall River
Animal Hospital in Fall River, Mass. recently advised in the AKC
Gazette to surf the Net with caution. He sees the overabundance
of information as a problem when a client researches a disease and
then believes they know more then the Veterinarian. Silvera goes
on to say that the critical point is that much of what is on the
Web is not up to date and people do not always understand what they're
reading. The Miniature Schnauzer Connection has compiled some interesting
health links. We do not advocate using information found on these
sites as your guide to treat any illness in your dogs, but rather
as a tool for possible understanding of your Veterinarian's advice
In many areas it is possible to have your dogs teeth cleaned without
anesthesia. Many breeders regularly clean teeth themselves. It
is not a simple process unless you have been trained to do it properly.
In Southern California there is a wonderful and experienced person
named Bobbie Schardt who is licensed and will come to your home
to clean your dog’s teeth.
Bobby Schardt will clean teeth for groups, clubs and individuals
at a price that is affordable. He is convenient and will travel
reasonable distances in the Southern California area. Many clubs
and organizations utilize Bobby’s expert services at clinics they
will host for their members. His price range is from $57.00 to
$75.00 per dog, depending on the number of dogs and the distance
You may contact Bobby at 949-646-3254 Located in Costa Mesa.
Obesity in Dogs
Below is a wonderful link to the Dog Owners Guide, an online magazine
for all pet and Show dog owners.
A informative and helpful site to enhance your knowledge in the
area of health and nutrition of your dog. (Not intended as an alternative
for your Vet) Simply Schnauzers Health and Nutrition Site.
The American Veterinary Medical Association
The web site provide a wealth of resources, information, services
The Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
Useful information for dog fanciers and professionals alike.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
24-hour emergency information
CERF Canine Eye Registration Foundation
Why Spay or Neuter?
This low-cost surgery offers you and your pet many, many advantages.
Peace of Mind
Did you know that a spayed or neutered (sterilized) animal is
Males -- Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on
their human families. On the other hand, unsterilized, unsupervised
males roam in search of a mate, risking injury in traffic and in
fights with other males. They mark territory by spraying strong-smelling
urine on surfaces. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting
furniture and human legs when stimulated. Don't confuse aggressiveness
with protectiveness; a neutered dog protects his home and family
just as well as an unneutered dog, and many aggression problems
can be avoided by early neutering.
Females -- While their cycles vary greatly, most female
cats exhibit the following signs when in heat. For four or five
days, every three weeks, they yowl and urinate more frequently --
sometimes all over the house -- advertising for mates. Often, they
attract UN-neutered males who spray urine around the females' home.
Female dogs also attract males from great distances. Female dogs
generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive
for another week or so.
Did you know that a spayed or neutered animal will live a longer,
Spaying a female (removing the ovaries and uterus) or neutering
a male (removing the testicles) are veterinary procedures performed
with the same general anesthesia used in human medicine. Both surgeries
usually require minimal hospitalization.
Neutering a male cat or dog by 6 months of age prevents testicular
cancer, prostate disease and hernias. Spaying a female cat or dog
helps prevent pyometra (a pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer;
having this done before the first heat offers the best protection
from these diseases. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization,
intravenous (IV) fluids, antibiotics and spaying. Breast cancer
can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and 90 percent of
female cats. With an older, seriously ill animal, anesthesia and
surgery are complicated and costly.
Did you know that you can help prevent the suffering and death
of millions of animals?
One cat or dog who has babies and whose babies have babies can
be responsible for the birth of 50 to 200 kittens or puppies in
one year! Almost everyone loves puppies and kittens, but some people
lose interest when these animals grow up. As a result, millions
of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually
or suffer as strays. Rarely surviving for more than a few years
on their own, strays die painfully by starvation, disease, freezing
or being hit by cars.
Just the Facts, Please
Myth: A female cat or dog should have a litter before
she is spayed.
Fact: The sooner you spay your female, the better her health
will be in the future. As long as a kitten or puppy weighs more
than two pounds and is 2 months old, he or she can be neutered or
spayed. Many veterinarians are practicing perfectly safe early sterilization.
The likelihood of developing mammary tumors or uterine infections
increases the longer a female goes unsprayed. In fact, a female
spayed before sexual maturity (6 to 9 months of age) has one-seventh
the risk of an intact female of developing mammary cancer.
Myth: Spaying or neutering (sterilization) will alter
my pet's personality.
Fact: Any slight changes will be positive. Regardless of
the age when spayed or neutered, your pet will remain a caring,
loving and protective companion. Neutering will reduce the need
to breed, and that has a calming effect on many animals. Both neutered
male canines and felines tend to stop roaming and fighting and lose
the desire to mark their territory with urine.
Myth: Companion animals will become fat and lazy if they
Fact: Absolutely not! Lack of exercise and overfeeding make
pets fat and lazy -- not neutering. Your pet will not gain weight
if you provide exercise and monitor food intake. Neutering is good
for your pet, since sterilized pets tend to live an average of two
to three years longer than UN-sterilized pets.
Myth: Sterilization is a dangerous and painful surgery
for my pet.
Fact: Spaying and neutering are the most common surgeries
performed on animals. With a minimal amount of home care, your pet
will resume normal behavior in a couple of days.
Myth: Children should witness the miracle of birth.
Fact: Countless books and videos are available to teach your
children about birth in a responsible manner. Letting your pet produce
offspring you have no intention of keeping is teaching your children
irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a
shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous
Many states and counties have established low-cost spay/neuter
programs that make the surgery affordable. Many cities also offer
reduced licensing fees for owners of spayed and neutered pets. To
find a low-cost program near you, call your local humane society,
shelter or call toll-free 1-800-248-SPAY.
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