Remember this old riddle?
As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives, Each wife had seven sacks, Each sack had seven cats, Each cat had seven kits: Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were there going to St. Ives?
While the riddle is a trick question (the answer is in the first line), it paints a pretty effective picture of how quickly cats (and dogs) can breed and multiply on their own. In fact, each year in the United States, millions of healthy and adoptable dogs and cats will be euthanized.
Spay Day USA was created by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995 to bring attention to the increasingly serious problem of pet overpopulation, and to encourage animal population control through responsible spaying and neutering. There are also compelling health benefits for pets.
Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering
According to the ASPCA, spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
Most polar bears live north of the Arctic Circle to the North Pole, with some populations south of the Arctic Circle in Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada. Polar bears are found in Alaska, Canada, Russia, Greenland and on some northern islands owned by Norway like Svalbard. Sadly, the long term survival of polar bears is under threat due to climate change.
Have you ever stopped to wonder what people fed their dogs before dog food was invented?
Ancient Roman writings contain mention of “dog’s bread” – a tough, hard, bread made from bran and generally shunned by humans. Through history, we can find references to dog’s bread. From Wikipedia:
“Dog-biscuit is a hard and well-baked mass of coarse, yet clean and wholesome flour, of an inferior kind to that known as sailors’ biscuit; and this latter substance, indeed, would be the best substitute for the former with which we are acquainted. A bag of dog-biscuit of five shillings’ value, will be an ample supply for a yard-dog during the year: it should be soaked in water, or ” pot liquor,” for an hour or two ; and if no meat be at hand, a little dripping or lard may be added to it while softening, which will make a relishing meal at a trifling cost.”
However, it was a man named James Spratt, an electrician from Cincinnati, who is generally credited with inventing the first modern commercial dog biscuit – while in England.
“By most accounts, the history of the industry begins with a man named James Spratt. An electrician from Cincinnati, Spratt had patented a new type of lightning conductor in 1850. Later in the decade, he traveled to England to sell it. According to industry lore, he had a quayside epiphany in London when he saw a group of dogs eating discarded hardtack, the cheap, tough biscuits carried on ships and known to sailors as “molar breakers.” The first major chunk of today’s pet industry was born.”
Today, dog biscuits range from mass-produced brands you buy at the grocery or pet store to small batch artisanal treats made from a variety of wholesome ingredients at home or by specialty retailers. No matter what you choose, your best buddy will thank you!
Let’s talk about cats, shall we? Going by poll numbers,“Team Cat” is clearly ahead in the hearts of American pet owners: approximately 86 million of America’s pets are cats versus an estimated 78 million dogs.
So when it come to healthcare, why do so many cats fall so far behind? Quite simply, too many pet owners believe their cat doesn’t need routine wellness check-ups. They couldn’t be more wrong. Cats need to visit the vet at least once per year, but ideally they should be seen every six months. Since February is National Cat Health Month, we’re going to look at six big reasons why you need to make an appointment for your kitty ASAP!
Teeth cleaning & dental care (Psst – it’s also Pet Dental Health Month so you’ll save $50!)
Spaying & Neutering – cats are prolific breeders, so it’s a must
Changes in a cat’s health can happen quickly, so preventive care is important
Sick cats often show no signs of being ill – they hide symptoms and pain well
Early diagnosis of health problems equals early intervention/better outcome
Regular vaccinations are vital to protecting your pet from diseases
Don’t wait for veterinary visits – make regular head to toe exams for your cat part of your routine. While you might not know what to look for, you’re far more likely to pick up on any changes in your pet’s health, and as a bonus it helps your pet get used to being handled. Your vet and vet techs will thank you!
So now that you see the importance of preventive care for your furry feline friends, when is the last time your cat got a health check up? If the answer isn’t within the last six months, then it’s time to give us a call. Find your nearest AZPetVet animal hospital here.
The American Animal Hospital Association guidelines recommend regular brushing to keep your pet’s teeth healthy. Dental examinations and cleanings should be performed for all adult dogs and cats annually, starting at one year for cats and small-breed dogs, and at two years of age for larger-breed dogs. Here’s why:
Periodontal disease can lead to more serious health problems. Numerous studies show a link between gum disease and serious health issues like heart disease. (This is true for people, too) Prevention is the best approach, so regular brushing, dental exams and cleanings are vital.
Four out of five dogs over the age of three have some sort of periodontal disease. Plaque and tartar build-up on teeth is a sign of trouble, so make dental chewies, teeth brushing and regular check-ups part of your routine. Our feline friends need regular dental care as well.
Brushing means better breath. Bad breath can be an indicator of periodontal disease in people and in pets. Regular brushing helps keep teeth healthier and breath better, so those slobbery kisses won’t take your breath away.
Decay and gum disease can cause tooth loss in animals. This condition which can be very painful, and cause serious health problems. Regular care saves you money in the long run, and helps prevent tooth loss.
Symptoms of Hidden Dental Problems
Your pets can’t tell you directly that their teeth hurt, so you might not realize they have a serious dental issue until it’s too late. If your pet is drooling more than usual, has bleeding gums, loose teeth, or suspicious looking spots on their gums, make the appointment today.